Referral Patterns of Community Health Workers Diagnosing and Treating Malaria: Cluster-Randomized Trials in Two Areas of High- and Low-Malaria Transmission in Southwestern Uganda

by Sham Lal, Richard Ndyomugenyi, Pascal Magnussenet al.
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2016 95:1398-1408 – Published online October 31, 2016

11 pp. 712 kB
http://www.ajtmh.org/content/95/6/1398.full.pdf+html

Malaria-endemic countries have implemented community health worker (CHW) programs to provide malaria diagnosis and treatment to populations living beyond the reach of health systems. However, there is limited evidence describing the referral practices of CHWs. The authors examined the impact of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) on CHW referral in two cluster-randomized trials, one conducted in a moderate-to-high malaria transmission setting and one in a low-transmission setting in Uganda.

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