Improving community health worker use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Zambia: Package instructions, job aids and job aid-plus-training

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In settings with limited microscopy, the use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to detect malaria is restrained due to difficulties in reaching remote areas. This study, reported in the Malaria Journal, examined the extent to which a job aid and a job aid accompanied by training could render RDTs useable (i.e., safe and effective) by volunteer community health workers. The study found that the package instructions provided by the RDT manufacturer were insufficient to ensure safe and accurate use by the volunteers, but the carefully designed job aid plus training did lead to high performance.

As an observer and another CHW watch, a Zambian CHW prepare to open a blood lancet during training on RDT use (2008)
Publication Date 
August 2008
Resource Type 
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles