Malaria researchers launch free kit to develop diagnosis and treatment interventions 25 April 2016 The malaria community can now use a Starter Kit to develop diagnosis and treatment interventions in endemic countries. ACT Consortium researchers launched the five resources on World Malaria Day as well as guidance to adapt them to local contexts.
The ACT Consortium developed, piloted, delivered and evaluated training resources in different countries and contexts, including 8 randomised trials. These are now compiled them into a Starter Kit which is now available to help guide those working in malaria endemic countries.
Download: Malaria diagnosis and treatment starter kit to develop interventions in endemic countries There are currently limited resources available to help convey the need for appropriate diagnosis and treatment amongst both health workers and patients.
The resources in this Starter Kit can be used to help communicate the following set of broad messages:
Not all fever is due to malaria Blood-based diagnosis (microscopy and RDTs) can help confirm if someone has malaria If someone has malaria, they should be treated with antimalarials, usually an ACT If a malaria test is negative, other reasons for the illness should be considered.
If you wish to adapt these resources to your intervention and its context, or design your own tools, this
overview document explains aspects of our design process for you to consider.
The Starter Kit was launched during a World Malaria Day event at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Watch the event https://panopto.lshtm.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e1a8ca32-effc-44fc-b513-a148b0d9361b
Event presentations Answering key questions on malaria drug delivery: 8 years of research David Schellenberg Director, ACT Consortium Professor of Malaria & International Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Listening to your audience: qualitative research in malaria interventions Clare ChandlerLead Society Scientist, ACT Consortium Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
TACT: a trial of interventions to improve the use of malaria RDTs Hugh Reyburn Principal Investigator, ACT Consortium study in Tanzania London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Improving malaria diagnosis and treatment in the private retail sector in Uganda Anthony Mbonye Principal Investigator, ACT Consortium study in Uganda Ministry of Health, Uganda
Interventions to change providers' practice in Cameroon Heidi Hopkins*Cross-cutting analysis Lead, ACT Consortium Senior Lecturer in Malaria & Diagnostics at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK *on behalf of REACT Team in Cameroon
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