The course seeks to improve the quality of malaria microscopy and essential malaria diagnostic procedures, including use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT).
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 minimize the use and cost of anti-malarial treatment drugs. The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015 with the aim of achieving a malaria-free world by 2030. To achieve these goals, countries must adopt policies and practices that improve the quality of laboratory confirmation of malaria diagnosis. This will retain the confidence of clinicians in laboratory results, leading to improved case management and appropriate use of antimalarial drugs.
- To improve the quality of malaria microscopy and essential malaria diagnostic procedures, including the use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT)
- To ensure malaria diagnostic services are manned by competent and motivated staff.
This course is conducted by Amref International University and is held at Amref Health Africa’s Central Laboratory, Nairobi, Kenya, although alternative locations are considered.
Frequency of the course
The course is held on request, usually before an External Competency Assessment of Malaria Microscopists course.
Participants should be laboratory technologists, laboratory technicians or pathologists working mainly in the malaria or parasitology sections of medical diagnostic laboratories. A maximum of 15 participants are accepted per course due to its practical nature and need for personal instruction.
This one week intensive and interactive course will have a minimum structured time of 35 tutor contact hours, consisting of lectures, presentations and discussions, laboratory practice and slide review, and demonstrations. Daily sessions will be 2.5 theory hours and 4.5 hours for practical sessions in preparing and staining of blood films, reading pre-prepared, well-characterized slides and preparing and interpreting malaria RDT.
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