New point-of-care test supports a malaria-free future

Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria is essential for both rapid and effective disease management and malaria surveillance.

A World With Malaria

Malaria is currently considered endemic in 91 countries, threatening
3.2 billion people.3

That's almost 50% of the global population.

2015 worldwide impact:

212 million cases of malaria, leading to 429,000 deaths1

Who is most at risk?

Impoverished populations

Those living in rural areas and/or in dwellings with little protection from mosquitoes are especially vulnerable.3

Africa

90% of malaria deaths occur in Africa2

Malaria is estimated to cost up to 1.3% of Africa's GDP3

Pregnant women

The rate of infection is higher in pregnant women due to their decreased immunity.2

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Malaria during pregnancy can cause severe anemia in mothers2

And low birth weight, a primary risk factor for infant mortality3

Young children

69% of malaria deaths are in children under age 5.1

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Malaria causes a child’s death every two minutes.2

Even non-fatal cases can have lasting damage on children’s growth and development.3

Those living in rural areas and/or in dwellings with little protection from mosquitoes are especially vulnerable.3

Africa

90% of malaria deaths occur in Africa2

Malaria is estimated to cost up to 1.3% of Africa's GDP3

The rate of infection is higher in pregnant women due to their decreased immunity.2

pregnant woman

Malaria during pregnancy can cause severe anemia in mothers2

And low birth weight, a primary risk factor for infant mortality3

69% of malaria deaths are in children under age 5.1

children

Malaria causes a child’s death every two minutes.2

Even non-fatal cases can have lasting damage on children’s growth and development.3

The Vision: A World Free of Malaria

Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 Targets1

To reduce malaria incidence and mortality rates globally by at least 90% compared to 2015 levels

To eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries in which malaria was transmitted in 2015

To prevent re-establishment of malaria in all countries that are free of the disease

Malaria surveillance supports the goal of malaria elimination.

A life could depend on an early and accurate malaria diagnosis.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends prompt confirmation by microscopy or rapid point-of-care (POC) testing prior to treatment in all suspected malaria infections.

Accurate information regarding malaria cases and deaths allows for effective targeting of resources to those areas most in need.

Benefits of POC Testing for Malaria Management

Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have the potential to greatly improve the quality of management of malaria infections.

Expanding Malaria RDT Use

RDTs made up 74% of diagnostic tests for suspected malaria cases in 2015, most often in the WHO African region.1

Use of POC testing is on the rise.

Suspected malaria cases in the WHO African Region receiving a POC parasitological test1

A more sensitive test, a move against malaria

Current RDTs can easily aid in the diagnosis of malaria infection by detecting specific malaria antigens in a person's blood.

More sensitive diagnostics tests are needed to correctly identify infected individuals with low parasite densities who contribute to transmission.

The new Alere™ Malaria Ag P.f test

ultra sensitive malaria P.f

The new Alere™ Malaria Ag P.f test

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Will significantly increase case yields
in programs screening P.f malaria infection

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10x improvement in detection compared
to current RDTs4

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Affordable for public health programs
in low-resource settings

Knowing now matters.™ 

POC testing can significantly impact health care delivery and address the challenges of health disparities. Learn more now.

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