Introducing rapid tests for malaria into the retail sector: what are the unintended consequences?

by Eleanor Hutchinson, Coll Hutchison, Sham Lal et al.
BMJ Glob Health 2017;2:e000067

12 pp. 994 kB

The observation that many people in Africa seek care for febrile illness in the retail sector has led to a number of public health initiatives to try to improve the quality of care provided in these settings. The potential to support the introduction of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria (mRDTs) into drug shops is coming under increased scrutiny. This paper reports the unintended consequences of their introduction.

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