Integrating mRDTs into the health system in Uganda: Preparing health workers for routine use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests

by Robin Altaras
Malaria Consortium, April 2014

36 pp. 2.6 MB: 005_resize

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its guidelines to state that all suspected malaria cases should be tested for the presence of malaria parasites by microscopy or malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) prior to treatment. A number of countries have now adopted these guidelines and begun to integrate mRDTs into routine service delivery. This learning paper presents the lessons drawn from this experience. It discusses the critical training requirements of health workers and what needs to be addressed. The paper also reviews approaches for the successful integration of mRDTs into health service delivery and how best to support health workers adapt to changes in policy.

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