Beyond ‘test and treat’ – malaria diagnosis for improved pediatric fever management in sub-Saharan Africa

by Emily White Johansson
Global Health Action 2016, Published: 16 December 2016

14 pp. 663 kB

Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have great potential to improve quality care and rational drug use in malaria-endemic settings although studies have shown common RDT non-compliance. Yet, evidence has largely been derived from limited hospital settings in few countries. This article reviews a PhD thesis that analyzed national surveys from multiple sub-Saharan African countries to generate large-scale evidence of malaria diagnosis practices and its determinants across different contexts.

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