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close this bookBasic Malaria Microscopy (part I and II) (WHO - OMS, 1991, 72 p.)
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View the documentPreface
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentLearning Unit 1. Malaria, the disease
View the documentLearning Unit 2. Cleaning and storing microscope slides
View the documentLearning Unit 3. Keeping accurate records
View the documentLearning Unit 4. Blood films
View the documentLearning Unit 5. Staining blood films with Giemsa stain
View the documentLearning Unit 6. The microscope
View the documentLearning Unit 7. Examining blood films
View the documentLearning Unit 8. Examining blood films for malaria parasites
View the documentLearning Unit 9. Artefacts in blood films
View the documentLearning Unit 10. Routine examination of blood films for malaria parasites
View the documentLearning Unit 11. Life cycle of the malaria parasite
View the documentLearning Unit 12. Supervisory aspects of malaria microscopy
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This training module on basic malaria microscopy is in two separately bound parts. Part I, the Learner’s Guide, contains all the technical information that will be needed by trainees in this field. Part II is the Tutor’s Guide, which gives extensive advice for those responsible for organizing, running and evaluating training programmes.

The module is one of two1 published by the World Health Organization concerned with different aspects of the control of malaria. It can stand alone as a medium for teaching malaria microscopy to public health and laboratory personnel, or can be used as an integral part of a longer and more comprehensive programme of training in malaria.

1 Also available: Entomological field techniques for malaria control

In 1988 WHO published Bench aids for the diagnosis of malaria, which comprise all the colour plates that appear in the Learner’s Guide and much of the core information. These bench aids are published in the form of separate laminated sheets, which are very robust and easy to use at the laboratory bench. While it is not essential to provide these for use during training courses, they are recommended for use by all health workers engaged in routine malaria microscopy.

The need for this module was identified by Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions of the World Health Organization, and the project was conceived by Dr McWilson Warren, former Team Leader of WHO’S Interregional Secretariat for the Coordination of Malaria Training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Work on the module was one of the major activities of the Secretariat. The original text was written by Mr John Storey and the colour plates in Part I are taken from watercolour paintings meticulously prepared by Mr Yap Loy Fong.

The text, particularly that of Part II, has been reviewed by numerous individuals and revised by Dr P. F. Beales, Dr C. W. Hays, Dr D. Payne and Mr W. Rooney. Editing of the entire module was undertaken by Professor Michael Colbourne.

WHO wishes to acknowledge the collaboration and financial support provided by the United States Agency for International Development for this and other activities of the Interregional Secretariat for the Coordination of Malaria Training.