Last Updated: 31/08/2020

The utility of malaria rapid diagnostic tests as a tool in enhanced surveillance for malaria elimination in Vanuatu

Objectives

The focus of this study is to evaluate the utility of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) in enhanced malaria surveillance in Vanuatu, involving Passive Case Detection (PCD), Pro-Active Case Detection (Pro-ACD) and Re-Active Case Detection (Re-ACD), by comparing the number of infections in communities detected by RDTs versus infections detected by PCR. The findings will inform future malaria elimination strategies.

Principal Investigators / Focal Persons

Qin Cheng
George Taleo

Rationale and Abstract

While RDTs improve case management, their utility for detection of malaria infections in ACDs in areas with very low transmission intensity is unclear.

Study Design

The surveillance activities were conducted between 2011 -2014 and included one round of PCD and five rounds of Pro-ACD and Re-ACD.

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