Rapid Tests: valuable helpers for use in the field

Interview with Jens Hahn, MD, Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Specialist, Doctors Without Borders

Infectious diseases are widespread in conflict areas. When basic medical care is lacking on location, people cannot be appropriately treated. Laboratory tests are limited in the field. Rapid diagnostic tests make it possible for medical personnel to quickly and accurately test patients for several infectious diseases, for instance for the presence of malaria or HIV infection.


Photo: Jens Hahn

Jens Hahn; © privat

Photo: white Jeep

With the Jeep doctors can drive to areas to treat people who otherwise would have no access to medical care; © Jens Hahn