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

@inproceedings{Maloney2016ExpandingAT,
  title={Expanding access to parasite-based malaria diagnosis through retail drug shops in Tanzania: evidence from a randomized trial and implications for treatment},
  author={Kathleen Maloney and Abigail Ward and Bonnie Krenz and Nora Petty and Lindsay Bryson and Caitlin Dolkart and Theodoor Visser and Arnaud Le Menach and Valerie K. Scott and Justin M Cohen and Esther Mtumbuka and Sigsbert Mkude},
  booktitle={Malaria Journal},
  year={2016}
}
Tanzania has seen a reduction in the fraction of fevers caused by malaria, likely due in part to scale-up of control measures. While national guidelines require parasite-based diagnosis prior to treatment, it is estimated that more than half of suspected malaria treatment-seeking in Tanzania initiates in the private retail sector, where diagnosis by malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) or microscopy is illegal. This pilot study investigated whether the introduction of RDTs into Accredited Drug… CONTINUE READING
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