Acceptability of malaria rapid diagnostic tests administered by village health workers in Pangani District, North eastern Tanzania

by Adiel K. Mushi, Julius J. Massaga, Celine I. Mandara et al.
Malaria Journal, 2016 15:439 – Published: 27 August 2016

11 pp. 978 kB
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Malaria continues to top the list of the ten most threatening diseases to child survival in Tanzania. The country has a functional policy for appropriate case management of malaria with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) from hospital level all the way to dispensaries, which are the first points of healthcare services in the national referral system. However, access to these health services in Tanzania is limited, especially in rural areas. Formalization of trained village health workers (VHWs) can strengthen and extend the scope of public health services, including diagnosis and management of uncomplicated malaria in resource-constrained settings. Despite long experience with VHWs in various health interventions, Tanzania has not yet formalized its involvement in malaria case management. This study presents evidence on acceptability of RDTs used by VHWs in rural northeastern Tanzania.

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