Put RDT's in the hands of families & community healthcare workers
As I mentioned, I am a pediatrician in the suburbs here and involved in a clinic in Juampas, Haiti. I truly feel there needs to be more bidirectional it's between global health and private practitioners. My special interest is rapid diagnostics tests being placed in the hands for families ( globally in community healthcare workers first) and would like to see more dialogue around this,given the FDA approval of a HIV RDT'S test with saliva , this dialogue needs to at least begin. Attached is a poster from my office on our use of the home strep test. We have had a 33% reduction in sore throat visits whenwe distribute these to families focusing on the 6-12y age group. This allows is more time to focus on the chronic diseases in children -wonder what this would be like for a larger urban clinic in Rwanda - ie fever and malaria.