September 2011

Training materials for malaria RDTs

These sets of training materials and job aids (instructions) address the preparation and interpretation of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and are designed to improve the accuracy of malaria RDT-based diagnosis by improving preparation and interpretation of tests and blood safety during the diagnostic procedure.

RDT product-specific training materials

Using RDT product-specific training materials improves RDT use.  

RDT product-specific job aids

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Generic RDT training material sets

The same generic materials can be found on the WHO/WPRO Malaria RDT website at the following URL:
RDT Instructions and Training (WHO/WPRO)

The graphic design files for the generic versions of the training materials can requested from FIND at the following address:

Please note: Manufacturers may change aspects of products and their instructions from time to time. It is imperative that the training materials available at this site are checked carefully against the product and the manufacturer’s instructions in use in each programme, before they are used.

In addition, these training materials do not address other aspects of case management, or supervisory needs, which are essential for a successful programme.

Modifying RDT materials to local settings

If programmes wish to modify the training materials for specific products, particular sections of the training manual that might need modification include:

  • Section 1.4.1 on possible false positive results
  • Sections 2.6.3, 2.10, 2.11, and 2.13 on where to add blood and buffer
  • Section 2.16 and section 5 on interpreting test results

The job aid may also need modification to fit the design, preparation and target species of the RDT in use before participants can correctly complete sections 4 and 5 of the training.