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ICMR scientist develops world’s first rapid, cost-effective kits to diagnose haemophilia, von Willebrand disease

This simple strip-based test can be performed at a Primary Healthcare Centre. It holds the potential to change the diagnostic landscape of bleeding disorders like haemophilia and von Willebrand disease (vWD), not only in India but in several other developing countries, which either lack proper diagnostic facilities or where existing facilities are not up to acceptable standards

April 26, 2022 / 08:09 PM IST
Representative image.

Representative image.

For the first time, scientists at ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai, have developed simple, rapid and cost-effective diagnostic kits for the diagnosis of haemophilia and von Willebrand disease (vWD).

These low-cost, Make In India kits can be used effectively even in Primary Healthcare Centres, where diagnosis can be offered without the need for skilled technical personnel or expensive equipment.

It is estimated that India is home to one lakh haemophilia patients.

Both these blood-related diseases require specialised laboratories and trained manpower for diagnosis, and these tests are available only at a few tertiary-level hospitals.