Rapid Syphilis Tests in Tanzania: A Long Road to Adoption

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This case study reports Tanzania’s situation with regard to rapid diagnostic tests for syphilis in pregnant women. The government requires that all such women be screened for syphilis, but laboratories often cannot perform the test due to equipment breakdowns or other problems. A rapid diagnostic test has been recommended by a global health initiative but not adopted by Tanzania’s government for reasons ranging from cost to the government’s mismanagement of a program providing similar tests.

Publication Date 
June 2009
Resource Type 
Case Studies
Regions/ Countries