It Takes a Village to Raise a Rapid Test

In 2000, when Misaki Wayengera was a med student during an Ebola outbreak, the Ugandan pathologist—now at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences—saw first-hand the need for fast Ebola diagnostics. Results were taking weeks to come back.

There were rapid tests for HIV and pregnancy: “I knew we could do the same for Ebola,” he said.

But he needed money, and access to a level 4 lab. A $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Canada—and a slew of other funding sources—helped create the Pan-Filovirus Rapid Diagnostic Test for Ebola and Marburg. Joan Salmon tracks Wayengera’s journey.

Daily Monitor

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