You Say You Want A Revolution?

06/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Global health has undergone a revolution. Access to drugs that treat infectious and parasitic diseases like HIV/AIDS and TB has expanded exponentially, transforming the future for millions of people in the developing world. However, this giant leap in access to treatment only increases the demand for smarter, faster, cheaper, more reliable, and user-friendly diagnostic tools. Challenges around the growing emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of common diseases makes clear that the access revolution could turn back on itself unless we get a better handle on diagnostics.

What do you do when the electricity, clean water, and medical infrastructure and care required for reliable lab-test diagnoses are in short supply or non-existent? If you're a team of warriors assembled by a legendary Harvard chemist, you change the requirements and open a new front in the fight. Suiting up for duty is Diagnostics For All, a pioneering non-profit that is embedding health tests on a piece of paper the size of a postage stamp. Prick a finger, touch the paper, read the result, then dispose of the test by lighting a match. A simple, cheap, efficient, and clean technology that requires minimal training and saves millions -- millions of dollars and millions of lives.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the organization's early work through a university grant, but now you can join the battle and push to victory over treatable, preventable disease. Become an investor in Diagnostic For All and help make inexpensive, point-of-sale diagnostic devices a reality - contributions of any size make heroes.

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