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Table 1 Key product characteristics according to survey respondents

From: International survey to identify diagnostic needs to support malaria elimination: guiding the development of combination highly sensitive rapid diagnostic tests

Attribute Preferences Comments
Species detection combination Pf/Pv/Pan Pf/Pan The majority of participants preferred a Pf/Pv/Pan combination (42%; 21/50) while others were split between a Pf/Pan (36%; 18/50) and a Pf/Pv (18%; 9/50) test In the end-user survey, the Pf/Pan test was preferred (74%; 14/19)
Price Less than $1.00 USD Most survey respondents selected $0.50–0.99 USD as a reasonable price (52%; 35/67)
Shelf life and stability 24 month shelf life at < 40 °C The preferred shelf life was 2 years (79%; 59/75). Among different temperature options (30, 35, 40, 45 °C) preferred requirement was 40 °C (39%; 29/75)
Sample type Peripheral whole blood from finger-prick is acceptable Respondents were more open to saliva sampling (74% would use it for case management, ACD or both), but were less open to urine, breath or transdermal sample types (60, 54 and 49% respectively would use it for case management, ACD or both)
Packaging Single use kits Single kits, instead of bulk packaging with shared buffer, was most common (71%; 53/75)
Reader Optional Respondents indicated that the use of a reader was a moderate priority: 49% (37/75) of participants answered that it was “very likely” that their programme would implement an RDT with a reader for ACD. Among the capabilities provided by a reader, “enhanced sensitivity” was the most valued (65%; 49/75)
  1. The percentages represent the total number of times the particular benefit was selected compared to the total number of selections made for this question. The absolute number of responses is also provided