Report from Consensus Meeting on use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria Case Management in Uganda.
Uganda has recently changed its malaria treatment policy to reflect the global policy of shifting from non-artemisinin-based combination therapies. As part of the change in policy the Ministry of Health proposed to increase the emphasis on parasitological diagnosis by introducing malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) drafted policy guidelines in consultation with stakeholders. To enrich the guidelines on RDT use in Uganda, a meeting was organised to gather consensus on policy recommendations based on local experiences and ongoing research by UMSP, WHO and the Malaria Consortium. It follows a larger meeting organised in February 2007. The meeting took place on 7th December 2007; a summary of the main issues discussed at the meeting is presented in this report.