Malaria Microscopy Quality Assurance Manual - Version 1
WPRO Nonserial Publication
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
ISBN-13    9789290614227 ISBN-10    9290614226
Order Number    15200126 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    15.00 / US$    18.00 Developing countries:    CHF    10.50
English     2009        146   pages
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Early diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment is the basis for the management of malaria and key to reducing malaria mortality and morbidity. An acceptable microscopy service is one that is cost-effective, provides results that are consistently accurate and timely enough to have a direct impact on treatment. This requires a comprehensive and active quality assurance (QA) programme. This manual outlines a hierarchical structure based on re-training, validation, and the development of competency standards designed to ensure the quality of diagnosis necessary for a successful malaria programme, while remaining within the financial and personnel resources likely to be available.

The mode of implementation of the QA system outlined in this manual will vary according to the organization of the national laboratory services dealing with malaria, which may fall under the national malaria control programme, or under a separate laboratory structure working closely with the malaria programme.