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Operational response to malaria epidemics: are rapid diagnostic tests cost-effective?

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OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost-effectiveness of malaria treatment based on presumptive diagnosis with that of malaria treatment based on rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). METHODS: We calculated direct costs (based on experience from Ethiopia and southern Sudan) and effectiveness (in terms of reduced over-treatment) of a free, decentralised treatment programme using artesunate plus amodiaquine (AS + AQ) or artemether-lumefantrine (ART-LUM) in a Plasmodium falciparum epidemic. Our main cost-effec...

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Journal:
Tropical medicine and international health : TM and IH More from this journal
Volume:
11
Issue:
4
Pages:
398-408
Publication date:
2006-04-01
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EISSN:
1365-3156
ISSN:
1360-2276

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