WHO informal consultation on fever management in peripheral health care settings: A global review of evidence and practice
This is a report of a technical consultation convened in January 2013 by TDR and the WHO Global Malaria Programme (GMP) to:
- to review evidence and operational experiences regarding the correct management of febrile illnesses in primary health care facilities and at the community level, and
- to consider existing WHO guidance on the issue, as well as research priorities.
Improving access to quality diagnostic testing and effective treatment for all people at risk of malaria is critical to reducing transmission and ensuring that antimalarial medicines are used rationally and correctly. The recent expansion of malaria diagnostic testing has shown that the majority of febrile patients who visit health clinics do not actually have malaria, especially in countries where control interventions have driven down malaria transmission. There is, therefore, an urgent need for health workers to be adequately trained and equipped so that they can provide accurate diagnosis and proper treatment to patients who have tested negative for malaria.