Equitable Access For All

Client

FIND

Distribution

Company Website

Type

Life Sciences

Location

India

Editor:

Chris Leggat

Producer:

Steve Maud

Director:

Vikas Tiwari

At the onset of the second wave of Covid-19 in 2021, testing centres struggled to cope with the onslaught of a high incidence of infections, and diagnosis. In some cases, laboratories were testing at 300% of their capacity, and shortages of personnel and testing equipment was affecting turnaround times.

This film captures the experience of experts at FIND India and their colleagues at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute in Faridabad at a time when systems were facing severe strain. Through the collaboration between The Global Fund and FIND on driving the Access to Covid-19 Tests Accelerator (ACT Accelerator) process, equitable access to testing was scaled at pace. This was achieved through the donation of two types of essential pieces of medical equipment: RNA extractors and automated RTPCR machines, which enabled a greatly increased capacity for the THSTI.

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