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One of the greatest challenges in expanding HIV, tuberculosis and other vaccination campaigns is delivering the temperature sensitive vaccines to remote and resource-limited health facilities.  Two recent, but early developments in vaccination technology hold potential for eliminating vaccine’s dependence on the cold chain as well as the syringe.

A new medical testing device, about the size of a credit card, has overcome many of the challenges facing similar lab-on-chip diagnostics for HIV and other diseases.  This new development, the V-Chip, presents results that can be read instantly, and allows for up to 50 different tests at once.

Mobile phone technology is paving the way for innovative new methods to support patients, empower doctors and engage the public in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Haiti

In Haiti, the quality of grid power is arguably some of the worst in the world. Many health facilities receive only a few hours of power per day with prolonged outages of up to a month not uncommon in some locations.  In addition, a significant portion of many health facilities operating budget is used for the purchase of diesel fuel to power generators during frequent power outages. Reducing this expense would allow these facilities to use these funds for other priority needs.

Ethiopia

The USG PEPFAR program is a multi-country, multi-billion dollar initiative to prevent and treat HIV AIDS in developing countries (www.pepfar.gov). The PEPFAR program in Ethiopia has found the effectiveness, sustainability, and reach of prevention, care and treatment programs are directly compromised by the lack of reliable power at health facilities.

Guyana

The USG PEPFAR program is a multi-country, multi-billion dollar initiative to prevent and treat HIV AIDS in developing countries (www.pepfar.gov). The PEPFAR program in Guyana has found the effectiveness, sustainability, and reach of prevention, care and treatment programs are directly compromised by the lack of reliable power at health facilities.

Rwanda

The USG PEPFAR program is a multi-country, multi-billion dollar initiative to prevent and treat HIV AIDS in developing countries (www.pepfar.gov). The PEPFAR program in Rwanda has found the effectiveness, sustainability, and reach of prevention, care and treatment programs are directly compromised by the lack of reliable power at health facilities.

Zambia

The USG PEPFAR program is a multi-country, multi-billion dollar initiative to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in developing countries (www.pepfar.gov). The PEPFAR program in Zambia is finding the effectiveness, sustainability, and reach of prevention, care and treatment programs are directly compromised by the lack of reliable power at health facilities.

Cold Chain and Refrigeration

Health facilities in developing countries need to maintain the cold chain to ensure that critical medicines, vaccines and supplies can reach those in need.

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