Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Performance

Summary results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: round 1-7 (2008–2016)

Editor: Elisabeth Heseltine
World Health Organization, 2017

42 pp. 5.0 MB

WHO recommends that malaria case management be based on parasite diagnosis in all cases. The use of antigendetecting rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) is a vital part of this strategy, forming the basis for extending access to malaria diagnosis by providing parasite-based diagnosis in areas where good-quality microscopy cannot be maintained. Therefore, in 2006, the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) launched a programme to systematically evaluate and compare the performance of commercially available malaria RDTs. The data have guided procurement decisions, which, in turn, have shifted markets towards better-performing tests and are driving overall improvements in the quality of manufacturing.

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