“Access to affordable diagnostics, such as HIV self-tests, is essential to closing the testing gap for killer diseases like HIV,” said Professor Wang Jihua, President of Wondfo. “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with MedAccess and CHAI to significantly reduce the price of Wondfo’s self-test and increase access in low- and middle-income countries. Our commitment to accelerating access to self-testing underlines our company’s belief in ‘Racing for Life’ – getting the right products to the people who need them as quickly as possible. We are ready to go further with our partners, expanding our efforts towards increasing access to high quality tests at lower costs.”
“Significantly expanding use of HIV self-testing is a critical tool for finally closing the treatment gap. Just as importantly, the expansion of testing made possible by this pricing agreement will help generate more demand for key prevention interventions such as PrEP,” said Dr David Ripin, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer at CHAI.
“The announcement of the new pricing is an important step toward making HIV testing for diagnosis and prevention monitoring accessible worldwide. It will help programmes deliver HIV self-tests in public, community, and private sector service delivery channels,” said Meg Doherty, Director of WHO Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes.
“HIV self-testing is one of the game changers of our time to reach the underserved populations with HIV testing. The convenience to clients and cost-effectiveness for programs are key benefits for scale up. Testing for both case identification and scale up of critical prevention programs such as PrEP require innovations to close the treatment and prevention gaps. In Uganda, the high price of HIV self-test kits has previously been a barrier to expanding HIV self-testing in both public and private sectors despite the country having approved more than two HIV self-test products. The $1 agreement is a super catalyst to our scale up and expansion to reach more people as we look forward to closing the 19% identification gap,” said Dr. Geoffrey Taasi, Program Officer HIV Testing and Counselling in the Ministry of Health, Uganda.
“Self-testing for HIV is crucial for the health of people who are at high risk but face discrimination and criminalisation if they seek a test at a health facility,” said Michael Anderson, CEO of MedAccess. “Our partnership with Wondfo and CHAI will bring a high quality, high-performing test to market at the lowest ever price. We hope this will be a catalyst for other HIV self-test suppliers to lower prices to create a robust market that delivers affordable, high-quality products, increasing choice for users.”
MedAccess is a UK-based social finance company with a mission to make global healthcare markets work for everyone. Its core purpose is to make medical supplies more widely available at lower prices in under-served markets. By applying the rigour and skills of business finance, it provides a novel solution to the challenge. MedAccess offers financial guarantees and debt products that reduce commercial risk and allow medical manufacturers to accelerate supplies into new markets at affordable and sustainable prices. In this way, vaccines, medicines, diagnostic tests and medical devices can reach patients far sooner than existing market forces would allow.
WONDFO founded in 1992, is an innovative high-tech manufacturer and headquartered in Guangzhou science city. Holding the vision of Racing-For-Life, Wondfo focus on the R&D, production, sales and service of innovative integrated point-of-care testing (“POCT”) products in more than 140 countries where it is needed in pursuit of highly user friendly and improve healthcare qualities.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. We work with our partners to strengthen the capabilities of governments and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance.
Ex-works from the manufacturer’s facility in China, excluding transportation and import costs.