Dr. Alain B. Labrique, associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been appointed to the The Lancet Commission on diagnostics. The Commission’s goal is to advance equitable access to diagnostics services that will move the world closer to universal health coverage.
As The Lancet noted in a May 18 piece, the crucial role of diagnostics as a foundation of effective and high-quality health care has been neglected for too long. People in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) and those among low-income groups in high-income countries have frequently received treatment that is initiated without the support of essential diagnostic tests.
To achieve its goal of equitable access to diagnostics services, the Commission aims to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based, and costed diagnostic service delivery package that can be adapted by countries. The Commission will also recommend how international initiatives can support this package.
Dr. Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist and a globally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technologies to strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings. He is also the founding director of the JHU Global mHealth Initiative which connects faculty and students working on digital health across all divisions of Johns Hopkins.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 21