Cost Reduction for Rapid TB Test

PEPFAR, USAID, UNITAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation join forces to expand access to GeneXpert®, a molecular diagnostic system that provides a two-hour rapid diagnosis of TB, TB/HIV co-infection, and drug-resistant TB.

Cost Reduction for Rapid TB Test

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and UNITAID have formed a partnership that will significantly cut the cost of a new rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis in 145 high-burden and developing countries (HBDC). Funds provided by this partnership will reduce the cost of Xpert MTB/RIF cartridges from $16.86 to $9.98, a price which will not increase until 2022. To date, the high unit cost of Xpert® MTB/RIF cartridges produced by the medical device manufacturer Cepheid has proven a barrier to their introduction and widespread use in low- and middle-income countries. The new agreement will reduce the cost of cartridges used to diagnose TB by more than 40 percent. To make the price reduction effective immediately, the Gates Foundation has agreed to fund an initial payment of $3.5 million to Cepheid. The incremental scaling of the test in high-burden countries could enable the rapid diagnosis of seven hundred thousand cases of TB and save health systems more than $18 million in direct health costs.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment...


    Funding Agencies, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    UNITAID raises money through innovative financing to shape markets for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in low-income countries.

    The bulk of UNITAID’s resources come from a small...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


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  • Start Date 2012