Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Malaria control, diagnosis and treatment

Situation and trends

Globally, the proportion of suspected cases receiving a diagnostic test in the public sector (among countries with sufficient data to make this assessment) increased from 44% in 2010 to 64% in 2012.

The proportion of suspected malaria cases tested in the public sector in the African Region has increased dramatically in the past two years, from 37% in 2010 to 61% in 2012 – a period of time during which 39 of 44 malaria-endemic African countries reported, including 8 of the 10 highest burden countries in the region. The recent increase in testing in the African Region is due to both an increase in microscopy performed and an increase in the use of RDTs, which accounted for 40% of all tested cases in 2012.

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