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World Malaria Day 2016: Significant Gains, Closing the Gaps


By mruggeri - Posted on 26 aprile 2016

Laboratory systems and diagnostic technologies are a critical pillar in the fight against malaria. WHO recommends diagnostic testing for all people with suspected malaria before treatment is administered. 

Over the past ten years, health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have scaled-up malaria testing services, providing diagnosis via conventional microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests, which are now widely available in many settings. According to WHO, a sharp increase in diagnostic testing for malaria was reported in the African Region: from 36% of suspected malaria cases in 2005 to 65% of suspected cases in 2014.

"Unless the remaining diagnostic gaps are addressed through continued laboratory capacity-building, use of molecular techniques, and enhanced health service delivery, victory against malaria may remain elusive," Prof. Ogobara Doumbo, Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center, Mali. "Laboratories hold an important key for not only providing an accurate diagnosis, but also to understanding malaria epidemiology, detecting and characterising malaria species and drug resistance, and discovering more efficacious treatments."

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