The diagnostic accuracy to detect malaria among mostly asymptomatic pregnant women and perceived ease of use was slightly better with First-Response ® , but overall, differences between the four RDTs were small and performance comparable to field microscopy.
rapid diagnostic test (RDTs)
Gaps in knowledge or incorrect beliefs exist in Greater Garissa and have the potential to act as barriers to complete and correct malaria case management.
Provision of RDTs is the only feasible means to treatment of confirmed malaria at the time healthcare providers review a patient on day zero.
This study provides evidence for significant, dry-season heterogeneity of malaria prevalence strongly linked to peridomestic land use, and particularly of elevated risk associated with nearby crop production.
This is the first published report on malaria diagnostic capacity in Ethiopia.