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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Monday, September 25 • 9:00am - 11:00am
[VIRTUAL] Advancing diagnostics in developing regions/bridging the diagnostic divide (250902)

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Access to reliable and affordable diagnostics is crucial for effective healthcare delivery and disease management in both developed and developing countries. However, developing countries often face significant challenges in establishing and maintaining robust diagnostic systems, resulting in diagnostic gaps that hamper the quality of healthcare services and the overall well-being of their populations. In this session, we propose to address critical issues such as developing and implementing sustainable and innovative diagnostic solutions that can enhance diagnostic capabilities in resource-constrained settings.

Furthermore, in the session, we would like to showcase examples of innovative solutions, such as the CSIR and CapeBio co-developed COVID-19 test kit and point-of-care diagnostics, which satisfy the WHO ASSURED criteria: Affordable, Sensitive, Specific, User‐friendly, Rapid and Robust, Equipment‐free and Deliverable to end-users. The session also explores possible diagnostic device fabrication opportunities in developing countries. The session could also be used as a platform for creating solutions and proposals that can foster effective collaborative efforts between governments, international organisations, academia, and the private sector to address the diagnostic gap comprehensively.


avatar for Co-convenors: Maabo Moralo

Co-convenors: Maabo Moralo

Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRI
I am a researcher involved in plant-based biomanufacturing of therapeutic cancer monoclonal antibodies and bacterial-based biomanufacturing of reagent proteins essential for diagnostics. I am passionate about equitable access to healthcare and diagnostic technologies for all and bridging... Read More →
avatar for Priyen Pillay

Priyen Pillay

Senior Researcher, CSIR
I am a Senior Researcher within the Technology Demonstration Group led by Dr Tsepo Tsekoa. I have interests in bioprocess development, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, biochemistry, metagenomics and metaviromics. Let's collaborate.

Monday September 25, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am EDT