Objectives. This enquiry aimed to provide a snap-shot of availability, price and quality of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in private health facilities at selected sites in six malaria-endemic countries in Africa, South East Asia and South America.
Methods. In each study site, data collectors surveyed private healthcare facilities which were selected based on accessibility from their home institution. Using a questionnaire, information was recorded about the facility itself and the malaria RDT(s) available. Where possible, a small number of RDTs were procured and quality control tested using a standardized procedure.
Results. Of the 324 private healthcare facilities visited, 35 outlets (mainly private clinics and hospitals) were found to supply 10 different types of RDTs products. RDT prices across the six countries ranged from US$1.00 to $16.81. Five of the 14 malaria RDTs collected failed quality control testing.
Albertini, A.; Dialle, D.; Faye, B.; Gamboa, D.; Luchavez, J.; Mationg, M.L.; Mwangoka, G.; Oyibo, W.; Bennett, J.; Incardona, S.; Lee, E. Preliminary enquiry into the availability, price and quality of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in the private health sector of six malaria-endemic countries. Tropical Medicine and International Health (2012) 17 (2) 147-152. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2011.02904.x]