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Evaluation of malaria microscopy diagnostic performance at private health facilities in Tanzania

December 2, 2019 - 14:55 -- Open Access
Ngasala B, Bushukatale S.
Malaria Journal volume 18, 375 (2019)

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends use of parasitological diagnosis of malaria for all age groups in all malaria transmission settings. Many private health facilities rely on malaria microscopy for malaria diagnosis. However, quality of malaria microscopy is affected by number of factors including availability of skilled laboratory microscopists and lack of quality assurance systems in many malaria endemic countries. This study was carried out to assess quality of malaria microscopy in selected private health facilities in Tanzania.


Diagnostic performance of CareStart™ malaria HRP2/pLDH test in comparison with standard microscopy for detection of uncomplicated malaria infection among symptomatic patients, Eastern Coast of Tanzania

November 11, 2019 - 16:02 -- Open Access
George M. Bwire, Billy Ngasala, Manase Kilonzi, Wigilya P. Mikomangwa, Fatuma F. Felician and Appolinary A. R. Kamuhabwa
Malaria Journal 2019 18:354, 5 November 2019

CareStart™ malaria HRP2/pLDH (Pf/pan) combo test is one of the several rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) approved for diagnosis of malaria at the point of care in Tanzania. However, there are limited studies on the diagnostic performance of RDT after wide scale use in primary health care facilities in Tanzania. 

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