Celebrating World Malaria Day: Important Diagnostic Tests for Malaria Explained
World Malaria Day, 25 April 2018 shows a Congo health worker as she conducts a malaria rapid diagnostic test to a Congo child.
The World Health Organization joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Ready to beat malaria”. The collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community unites the common goal of a world free malaria. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity’s oldest diseases, also calling out worrying trends seen in the 2017 World malaria report.
LH Prime Cebu shares an article from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the global response to malaria, which is currently at a crossroads. While there was an unparalleled success in malaria control in the last few years, the work currently has stalled. Some countries with ongoing transmission fall into one of two categories: (1) moving towards eliminating malaria, and (2) malaria becoming a high burden of the disease reporting significant increase. Without urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat. As we continue to raise awareness for malaria this month of April, WHO continues to call for greater investment and expanded coverage to help prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.
For the last 9 years, FIND and WHO have coordinated an independent global quality assessment program for malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) lots. Initially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the last 5 years has received support from UNITAID and USAID/JSI.
From the Dept of Health, Philippines, it shares the general guidelines for malaria diagnosis as follows:
1.1 Microscopy will continue to be the “gold standard” for diagnosing malaria. All areas with a functional laboratory will at all times employ this standard. Microscopy standards will be maintained by a quality assurance system.
1.2 Diagnosis Through Rapid Diagnostic Test kits that have passed quality control tests will be used in the following situations: (i) no microscopy center; (ii) requires client more than 2-hours travel to the nearest microscopy centers as in inaccessible coastal or island areas; (iii) areas where there are outbreaks; and (iv) selected hospitals without a trained microscopist in emergency situation.
It is imperative to know that a diagnostic clinic in Cebu, like LH Prime, is able to offer the necessary medical exam in Cebu, lab tests and other requested procedures from your doctor. We may live in this modern technology, but oftentimes, we forget what we actually have that can help in preventing diseases like malaria from the onset.