Non-malarial causes of fever can be dangerous but are frequently misdiagnosed as malaria. This wastes malaria treatments and leaves potentially serious causes of fever untreated.
ACT Consortium researchers examined what treatment patients received when they tested poitive for malaria, and when they did not. Where RDTs were available, health workers tended to prescribe more antibiotics, particularly in patients who didn't have malaria.
Together with our partner institutions, we developed an interactive open-access map showing published data on cases of fever.