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Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)

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  • Procurement of RDTs

Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) assist in the diagnosis of malaria by detecting evidence of malaria parasites in human blood.

Malaria RDTs, also known as "Dipsticks" have potential to greatly improve the quality of management of malaria infections in the tropics and sub-tropics when the main alternative form of diagnosis, high quality microscopy, is not readily available.

The Use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic TestsDetailed guidance can be found in the publication The Use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests on the WHO RDT website.

Transporting, Storing, and Handling Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests at Central and Peripheral Storage FacilitiesTransporting, Storing, and Handling Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests at Central and Peripheral Storage Facilities
Developed by FIND Diagnostics and the USAID Deliver Project [English PDF 7.5M].

Transporting, Storing, and Handling Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests at Central and Peripheral Storage FacilitiesTransporting, Storing,and Handling Malaria Rapid DiagnosticTests in Health Clinics
Developed by FIND Diagnostics and the USAID Deliver Project [English PDF 8M].

RDTs procurement

Related materials

WHO Information note on recommended selection criteria for procurement of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)
2012
[in English] [in French]

Good practices for selecting and procuring rapid diagnostic tests for malaria 
Good practices for selecting and procuring rapid diagnostic tests for malaria
2011
[in English] [in French]

Results of WHO Malaria RDT Product Testing Round 4Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Performance - Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: Round 4
2012
[in English] [Summary in French]

T3T3: Test. Treat. Track.
2012
[in English] [in French]

Universal access to malaria diagnostic testing  - an operators manualUniversal access to malaria diagnostic testing - an operators manual
2011
[in English] [in French]