AIDS Fonds HIV Diagnostics

Sustainable Diagnostics in Africa


To overall aim of the project is to contribute to improving the quality, efficiency, effectiveness and affordability of medical service delivery, including HIV/AIDS care (supply) to patients and patient populations in Africa (demand).


This program is dedicated to research on health care delivery in Africa, with an explicit emphasis on the contribution of biomedical diagnostics.  This program consists of different projects that are being approved by the Dutch Aidsfonds on a yearly basis. The following projects are included:

Year 1:

– Alternative VL assays (CD38) for management of patients failing HAART

– Novel algorithm for HIV risk assessment target groups Africa

– Impact of delayed switch of treatment in HIV-1 subtype C patients failing

Year 2:

– Validation affordable saliva-based NVP test in Uganda

– HBV prevalence

– Alternative affordable qualitative VL test

Year 3:

-Evaluationof an affordable Subtype-independent semi-quantitative viral load assay (SQ-VL) formonitoring of HIV treatment in Zimbabwe


Name: AIDS Fonds HIV Diagnostics: Sustainable Diagnostics in Africa
Status: Closed
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr. T.F. Rinke de Wit
Partners: Wits Health Consortium, South Africa

University of Namibia

AMC Dept Medical Microbiology (Menno de Jong)

JCRC, IDI, Uganda

Newlands Clinic, Harare, Zimbabwe

Contact information: Project manager: Stephan Rupert


Duration: Start date: 1 January 2009

Duration: 60 months

End date: 1 January 2014

Funded by: Aidsfonds
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • Namibia