(WHO) advice to countries, recommends to use multi-disease testing devices

“The new Multi disease testing device is One Stop solution to disease testing”

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis.

Features of Device

  • The device is  called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads.
  • It was initially procured by countries for the detection of TB and rifampicin resistance, following an initial WHO recommendation in December 2010 — were subsequently expanded for use in early infant diagnosis of HIV and viral load testing using relevant cartridges in the same device.
  • Very small in size almost equal to size of a microwave oven.
  • It can run molecular test.
  • It can diagnose deadly diseases like TB, HIV, Hepatitis C.

” India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme”.


  • Multi-disease devices can increase system efficiencies and improve access to testing for patients in need. Such devices can also help overcome specific challenges in diagnosis and treatment.
  • These platforms offer technical and financial efficiencies to countries in their disease control efforts, while expanding access to care.

WHO(World Health Organisation)

  • The World Health Organization is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
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