External Competency Assessment of Malaria Microscopists


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Laboratory confirmation of malaria infection is an essential component of fever case management, and should be provided at all levels of health care to ensure correct patient management, and minimise the use and cost of anti-malarial treatment drugs. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa support the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) and Millennium Development Goals strategies that aim to reduce the malaria burden by half by the years 2010 and 2015 respectively. To achieve these goals countries must adopt policies and practices that improve the quality of laboratory confirmatory diagnosis of malaria. Improved quality of laboratory diagnosis of malaria will retain the confidence of clinicians in laboratory results, leading to improved case management.

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