Technical workshop on local production of diagnostics in LMICs

This virtual workshop, jointly hosted by WHO, UNDP and FIND, took place on 8 July 2021, 14:00–16:30 CEST.

COVID-19 has focused attention on the need to strengthen strategies to support research, development, manufacturing, supply and accessibility of diagnostics in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). More must be done to ensure sustainable supply through LMIC-centred approaches, including local manufacturing and raw materials procurement – both to address the current pandemic and to build resiliency in prevention and response to future health threats.


Welcome Judit Rius Sanjuan, UNDP
Opening remarks Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão, WHO (represented by Adriana Velazquez Berumen)
Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge
Bill Rodriguez, FIND
Cecilia Oh, UNDP
Ecosystem building blocks Moderator: Emanuele Buratti, ICGEB

  • Post-COVID IVD funding and manufacturing landscape – Marta Fernández Suárez, FIND
  • Technology transfer and licensing strategies – Erika Dueñas, C-TAP
  • Building blocks – Spring Gombe, UNDP
  • Policy recommendations to enhance local production of IVDs in LMICs – Stijn Deborggraevec, MSF

Audience Q&A

Panel: manufacturer and regional perspectives Moderator: Sharonann Lynch, Georgetown University

Manufacturer perspectives:

  • BK Cho, Bionote
  • Debojyoti Chakraborty, CSIR
  • Amadou Alpha Sall, DIATROPIX
  • Felipe Maricondi, WAMA Diagnóstica

Regional perspectives:

  • Yenew Kebede Tebeje, Africa CDC
  • Analía Porrás, PAHO
  • Taslimarif Saiyed, cCAMP

Audience Q&A

Closing remarks Judit Rius Sanjuan, UNDP

Speaker biographies