by Jennifer Daily
World Health Organization / UNITAID, February 2018
Since their introduction and scale-up, malaria rapid diagnostic tests mRDTs have improved malaria case management by reducing overtreatment with antimalarials. While mRDTs should be further scaled to achieve universal access, this should be accompanied by simultaneous efforts to strengthen diagnosis of febrile illness that is not caused by malaria and an integrated approach to diagnosing and managing febrile illness in children. This report explores the potential for new diagnostic technologies to improve diagnosis of febrile illness in children. A dynamic understanding of existing and pipeline technologies, as well as the work of other stakeholders, is key for Unitaid in facilitating access to appropriate tools through market-based interventions.