Malaria

The role of laboratory diagnosis to support malaria disease management. Focus on the use of rapid diagnostic tests in areas of high transmission

April 2006

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WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 40
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HTM/MAL/2006.1111

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Overview

WHO convened a Technical Consultation on 25–26 October 2004 to assess the role of a parasite-based diagnosis of malaria in improving the targeting of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) treatment, particularly in areas of intense transmission, and to identify priorities for operational research to improve current guidelines for malaria diagnosis in areas of intense transmission where ACTs are being deployed.

The recommendations agreed by consensus during the Consultation are intended to provide guidance on the appropriate use of parasitological diagnosis in areas of intense malaria transmission, with specific focus on rapid diagnostic test use in countries implementing ACT.