Lancet Commission on Diagnostics

Diagnostics are an essential part of a well functioning and high-quality health system. Yet, almost half of the global population has little or no access to diagnostics. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown acutely that diagnostic capacity in a country is directly linked to the ability to respond to the pandemic with appropriate public health measures and to monitor emerging variants. There is an urgent need to strengthen diagnostics for future pandemic preparedness but also beyond pandemics. Diagnostics are central to an accurate diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases, to guide therapy, monitor progress, and assess response to treatment. The Commission puts forward recommendations to accelerate and transform access to diagnostics globally.

Spanish Translation

The Executive Summary and Key Recommendations translated to Spanish are available for download.

French Translation

The Executive Summary and Key Recommendations translated to French are available for download.

Accompanying papers

Schroeder, L.F., Dei-Adomakoh, Y., DeStigter, K., Idigbe, I.O.Flanigan, J., Ekpale, P.M.A., Adjei, E., Roa, L., Wilson, M.L., & Horton, S. Rational design of an essential diagnostics network to support Universal Health Coverage: a modeling analysis. BMC Health Serv Res 22, 1224 (2022).

Shah, D. Leslie, A., DeStigter, K., Broek-Altenburdg, E., Horton, S., Dahn, B. Medical Imaging: The Missing Element of National Health

Yadav, H., Shah, D., Sayed, S., Horton, S., Schroeder, L. Availability of diagnostics in 10 LMICs: Results from national health facility surveys.