Universal access to malaria diagnostic testing – An operational manual
November 2011 (rev. February 2013)
This operational manual, developed by WHO in collaboration with 14 other institutions, provides practical guidance to national malaria control programme managers and other stakeholders for rapidly increasing access to malaria diagnostic testing with RDT and microscopy in malaria endemic countries. It includes the core elements of policy setting, strategy development, and planning as well as practical tools to deploy malaria diagnostic testing at all levels of the health care system, including the community.
The manual emphasizes full integration of malaria diagnostic testing in the clinical management of febrile illnesses and the contribution to overall efforts in strengthening laboratory services. It provides strong emphasis on quality management systems and the need for supervision, and clear guidance on roles of both RDT and microscopy for different clinical situations and settings, recognizing that in most countries both tests are needed.