Table 2

Characteristics of stakeholders interviewed

CharacteristicNumber of stakeholders interviewed (n=25)Number of interviews conducted (n=15)*
District level
 Healthcare worker (testers/field evaluation coordinator)33
 Laboratorian31
 Management/decision-maker43
National level
 Management/decision-maker83
 Donor/technical assistance partner75
Sex
 Male148
 Female1111
Trained to use investigational RDT†
 Yes64
 No1911
  • *Some interview sessions were conducted jointly with up to four stakeholders during one session.

  • †Extensive 3-day training on how to use the RDT was conducted at Machinga District Hospital and only nurses and laboratory technicians involved in the field evaluation were eligible to participate. Staff at the Ministry of Health’s National Reference Laboratory also received an introduction to the RDT, but it only included minimal exposure to the new rapid test.

  • RDT, rapid diagnostic test.