In 2009, UNITAID approved funding for a project to accelerate access to diagnostics for patients at risk of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in 27 countries (see figure below). The EXPAND-TB (Expanding Access to New Diagnostics for TB) Project is the result of a successful collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Stop TB Partnership Global Drug Facility (GDF).

The EXPAND-TB Project aims to diagnose at least 115,213 patients with multidrug-resistant TB. Specific operational objectives are to:

For more on this project: Expand-TB factsheet, September 2013

Related Links

EXPAND-TB project on UNITAID website

EXPAND-TB project on FIND website