Rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in endemic countries

To assess the diagnostic accuracy of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for detecting P vivax malaria parasitaemia in people living in malaria-endemic areas who present to ambulatory healthcare facilities with symptoms suggestive of malaria, and to identify which types and brands of commercial tests best detect P vivax malaria.

To assess the effect of transmission setting (perennial, seasonal, or epidemic) and type of malaria present in the region on the accuracy of RDTs for detecting P vivax malaria parasitaemia. We will also assess the effect of different generations of an RDT on test accuracy. For studies that used microscopy as the reference standard, we will also assess the impact of level of training.

This is a protocol.