Rapid diagnostic tests (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.
Detailed 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 Facilities
Developed by FIND Diagnostics and the USAID Deliver Project [English PDF 7.5M].
Transporting, Storing,and Handling Malaria Rapid DiagnosticTests in Health Clinics
Developed by FIND Diagnostics and the USAID Deliver Project [English PDF 8M].
Links & resources:
- WHO Prequalification of Diagnostics Programme
- WHO list of prequalified diagnostic products
- WHO Malaria RDT Evaluation Programme
- Global Fund Ten Quick Facts on procuring malaria RDTs