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TB Rapid Test Project

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Health Topic Tuberculosis
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Prototype
Location Europe


Problem being addressed[edit]

Rapid diagnosis is critical for the treatment and containment of tuberculosis. Traditional methods are either both expensive and time consuming or inaccurate. In resource-limited areas, finding an inexpensive, accurate, and timely solution is necessary to help curb the spread of TB.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

TB Rapid Test (TBRT) Project utilizes over 2500 serum/saliva samples that have been collected from patients. The project seeks to identify antigens that characterize the many strains of tuberculosis. The TBRT provides about 70% sensitivity, a specificity of 95%, and faster results. The reduced diagnostic delay and expedited referral and treatment can help to reduce the number of TB infections, especially in resource-limited areas where waiting for diagnostic results is not always practical.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: Carol Holm-Hansen from Norwegian Institute of Public Health (primary investigator)
  • Manufacturer (if different): n/a
  • Manufacturer location: n/a

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit]

Test samples have been collected from patients across the globe.

Funding Source[edit]

Received grant from Grand Challenges in Global Health (May 2010). Also has funding from Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Research Council of Norway.


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