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Innovating for the Sake of Doing Good

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Hologic’s Global Access Initiative — innovation with a humanitarian purpose — transforms diagnostic testing.

Hologic’s Global Access Initiative provides access to testing for HIV, HCV, HBV, HPV and COVID-19 using our Panther® system. This testing is delivered with a cost-effective pricing structure and no requirement for capital expenditure.

While the vision is simple, translating it into tangible results can be challenging in resource-limited settings. As a leading provider of medical diagnostics, Hologic is making this a reality in an increasing number of low- to middle-income countries.

The Global Access Initiative is our solution to promote simple, scalable and sustainable access to cost-effective and quality diagnostic testing for countries that need it most. The program brings a holistic model of pricing, training and service to regions in dire need of innovative solutions.

Expanding the Impact

The Global Access Initiative began in two countries, and its reach has grown to more than a dozen countries. In just a few years, we’ve helped create a substantial impact:

  • More than 900,000 patients not virally suppressed were identified.
  • More than 450,000 patients switched to second-line treatment.
  • $45 million in direct savings due to the all-inclusive pricing model pioneered by Hologic.


Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Planned Additions

Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo


Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Rwanda, Timor-Leste and Togo

Delivering Innovation and Environmental Sustainability

Africa is the fastest-growing geographic region of Hologic’s entire International business, led by the company’s Global Access Initiative, which provides high-quality diagnostics testing across sub-Saharan Africa.

When the program launched in 2018, a significant amount of products shipped to the Global South were subjected to temperature challenges and had to be scrapped on arrival. Product quality and timely delivery became more important than ever. We worked hard to curate a reputation as a quality — and customer-centric — company.

Controlling Temperatures When You Can’t Control Delivery Times

Our EMEA Logistics Team, Supply Chain Quality Assurance Team, warehouse team in Ghent, Belgium and partners in Africa evaluated alternative packing materials that allow longer transit times.

Using the CoolPall™ Flex Advance — a pallet-sized, cold-chain packaging system — we were able to successfully ship 3,150 HIV testing kits to Zambia, making it our largest shipment of HIV kits ever sent to any customer. This is a significant milestone for Hologic and the Global Access Initiative, but most importantly, a major step forward where access to healthcare makes all the difference.

Group of employees in warehouse setting.
Some of the Hologic employees who helped identify alternative packing materials that enable longer shipping periods.
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Hologic successfully delivered thousands of HIV testing kits using the CoolPall Flex Advance system.
    1. MedAccess. 2022 Annual Review, page 13.