Rapid Kits to Diagnose Malaria, World Health Organization Reveals

Published: Oct 12, 2012

The launch of rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kits for malaria in Kenya - where only 30 percent of people treated for suspected malaria are tested to confirm infection - is expected to improve the reach, speed and accuracy of diagnosis and treatment, says a senior health official. “Those found positive [for malaria] will be treated with recommended anti-malarial medicine,” said Shahnaaz Sharif, director of public health and sanitation. “The policy decision is also in line with the global recommendation on diagnosis of all suspected malaria cases.”

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