Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in the Peruvian Amazon: A Promising Start and an Uncertain Future

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This case study reports Peru’s experience in having community health workers use rapid diagnostic tests to enable more rapid malaria diagnoses in remote areas. The program experienced many operating difficulties since being officially implemented in 2004: lack of a dedicated funding stream; lack of official guidance on training and case management; problems with logistics; and the absence of policies to guide RDT selection, procurement, transport, use, and quality control. This report shows that new technology may not be enough: A health system with the mechanical and managerial infrastructure to support implementation is also key.

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