Expanding access to parasite-based malaria diagnosis through retail drug shops in Tanzania: evidence from a randomized trial and implications for treatment

Results from this study demonstrate that Tanzania’s national guidelines—which forbid malaria diagnosis through RDT or microscopy in the “private retail sector”—may be unnecessarily curbing testing and treatment rates, given the high proportion of patients seeking private sector care.

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Publication date: January 2017
Source: Malaria Journal

Introducing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria to drug shops in Uganda: a cluster-randomized controlled trial

A study to evaluate the impact – on diagnosis and treatment of malaria – of introducing rapid diagnostic tests to drug shops in eastern Uganda, which found that testing for malaria was increased by training drug shop vendors in the use of rapid tests and providing them access to such tests at a subsidized price.

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Publication date: March 2015
Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization