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Summary In this paper, we discuss the reasons why we urgently need a point-of-care (POC) CD4 test, elaborate the problems we have experienced with the current technology which hampers CD4-count coverage and highlight the ideal characteristics of a universal CD4 POC test. It is high-time that CD4 technology is simplified and adapted for wider use in low-income countries to change the current paradigm of restricted access once and for all.

Dans cet article, nous discutons des raisons pour lesquelles nous avons urgemment besoin d’un test des CD4 applicable sur le lieu des soins, élaborons les problèmes que nous connaissons avec la technologie actuelle qui limite la couverture du test des taux de CD4 et mettons en évidence les caractéristiques idéales d’un critère universel d’un test des CD4 applicable sur le lieu des soins. Il est grand temps que le test des CD4 soit simplifié et adapté pour une utilisation plus répandue dans les pays à faibles revenus afin de changer une fois pour toutes le paradigme actuel de l’accès limité.

Keywords: CD4 count; lieu des soins; low-income countries; pays à faibles revenus; países en vías de desarrollo; point-of-care; prueba rápida; recuento de CD4; taux de CD4

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1:  Médecins sans Frontières, Operational Centre Brussels, Operational Research Unit, Medical Department, MSF- Luxembourg, Luxembourg 2:  CD4 Initiative, Institute for Global Health, 15 Princes Gardens, Imperial College, London, UK 3:  Laboratory services, Médecins sans Frontières, Operational Centre, Brussels, Belgium 4:  Clinton Health Access Initiative, Monrovia, Liberia

Publication date: January 1, 2011


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