Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Performance – Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: Round 3 (2010-2011)
This report is the third in a series of laboratory-based evaluations of malaria RDTs. It provides a comparative measure of RDT performance in a standardized way to distinguish between well and poorly performing tests to inform procurement decisions of malaria control programmes and guide UN procurement policy.
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In Round 3, 50 products were evaluated, including 23 resubmissions from earlier rounds of product testing. Overall, an improvement was noted in the performance of products re-submitted to Round 3, indicating product improvement by the manufacturers. Furthermore, the proportion of tests achieving a panel detection score (>75%) at low parasite densities (200 parasites/μl) is higher than that seen in previous reports. An algorithm to assist in the RDT decision-making process and guidance on implementing RDTs into programmes is also included in the report.