AIDS Fonds HIV Diagnostics

Sustainable Diagnostics in Africa


The 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 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 in 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:

  • Evaluation of an affordable subtype-independent semi-quantitative viral load assay (SQ-VL) for the monitoring of HIV treatment in Zimbabwe

AIGHD Research Lead

Prof. T.F. Rinke de Wit


Wits Health Consortium, South Africa

University of Namibia

AMC Dept Medical Microbiology (Menno de Jong)

JCRC, IDI, Uganda

Newlands Clinic, Harare, Zimbabwe





South Africa