LIBERIA, 2007. A health worker pricks a pregnant woman's finger to draw blood for a rapid HIV test at Star of the Sea Health Centre in Westpoint, a slum area of Monrovia, the capital. © UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0659/GIACOMO PIROZZI
LIBERIA, 2007. A health worker pricks a pregnant woman’s finger to draw blood for a rapid HIV test at Star of the Sea Health Centre in Westpoint, a slum area of Monrovia, the capital. © UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0659/GIACOMO PIROZZI

COPENHAGEN, Denmark 02 April 2014 – At a recent consultation between global health partners and leading HIV diagnostic manufacturers, UNICEF announced the launch of a tender for Point of Care (POC) HIV technology that will expand access to more reliable diagnostic tests and timelier test results. The tender is part of a UNICEF and Clinton Health Access Initiative project, funded by UNITAID, to accelerate access to high quality POC HIV diagnostic equipment in seven African countries that carry one third of the world’s HIV burden. 

POC technology brings laboratory-quality testing and results to the level of the patient, and enables doctors to make an early decision on initiating antiretroviral treatment for adults and children. The tender creates an enabling environment for innovative POC HIV products to enter th

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