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Tropical Medicine Point-of-Care Testing


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Tropical medicine point-of-care testing

Pages: 364 Size: 244 x 188 mm Weight: 0.064KG 

Colour plates: 148 Covers: Laminated Book is divided into colour sections

*NEW: Published January 2020* 

Describes the microscopical diagnosis of tropical diseases and those tests that can be performed in low- and middle-resource countries at district level to provide a rapid diagnosis of prevalent communicable and non-communicable diseases.

‘This book is an excellent contribution to the practice of tropical medicine. It is not only useful for laboratory workers but also for doctors and students from tropical countries as well as those who want to work in the tropics for some time.’
Ed Zijlstra, Rotterdam Centre for Tropical Medicine, the Netherlands (MT Bulletin NVTG April 2020 Volume 58)

Monica Cheesbrough’s latest book sets out the central role of district laboratory practice in achieving universal health coverage, and the targets of the “Health and Well-being” goal of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development:

“By 2030 ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combating hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”


“… by 2030 reducing by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases”.


  • High quality colour plates of parasites, bacteria and blood cells.
  • Recently developed rapid point-of-care tests and technologies in the pipeline.
  • How to provide reliable, quality- managed, accredited district laboratory services.
  • Training of district laboratory personnel, CPD, professional ethics, EQA.
  • Comprehensive section on laboratory biosafety and risk assessment.
  • COVID-19 Supplement.
  • Websites and references to keep the reader up-to-date.

Using a modern colour format, the book is divided into three sections.

Section 1 Strengthening the quality of district laboratory services

  • – District laboratory network
  • – Supporting district laboratory personnel
  • – Continuing professional development
  • – Implementing laboratory quality management
  • – Accreditation
  • – Laboratory biosafety
  • – Equipping district laboratories

Section 2 Laboratory investigation of communicable diseases

  • – Malaria
  • – Neglected tropical diseases: African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, Leishmaniasis, Lymphatic filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Soil-transmitted helminths, Schistosomiasis, Food-borne trematodiases, Taeniasis, Cysticercosis, Cystic echinococcosis, Buruli ulcer, Leprosy, Dengue.
  • – Tuberculosis
  • – Meningitis
  • – Sexually transmitted infections
  • – HIV infection
  • – Hepatitis
  • – WASH-related infections
  • – Amoebic dysentery
  • – Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Cystoisospora infections,
  • – Healthcare-associated infections
  • – Acute febrile illness
  • – Measuring CRP and PCT
  • – Measuring whole blood lactate

Section 3 Laboratory investigation of non-communicable diseases

  • – Investigation of anaemia
  • – Measuring haemoglobin
  • – Differential WBC
  • – Abnormal WBC morphology
  • – Abnormal RBC morphology
  • – Testing for occult blood
  • – Diagnosing and monitoring diabetes mellitus
  • – Measuring blood glucose
  • – Measuring glycated haemoglobin
  • – Screening for raised lipids
  • – Investigating kidney disease: Measuring serum/plasma creatinine, eGFR, Determining ACR
  • – Urinalysis: Urine microscopy. Chemical testing of urine
  • – Investigating liver disease: Measuring serum/plasma bilirubin, Measuring ALT and ALP activity. Measuring serum albumin.


  • 1 Preparation of stains and reagents.
  • 11 Checklist for monitoring quality of services in district laboratories
  • 111 SOP formats Chemical hazards information SI Unit Tables
  • 1V Collection of samples
  • V Microscopical examination of faeces for parasites
  • V1 Leishman staining of thin blood films Manual counting of WBCs

Use and care of a microscope

COVID-19 Supplement

  • – SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • – SARS-CoV-2 variants
  • – Transmission of virus
  • – Clinical features and long COVID
  • – Impact of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries
  • – Prevention and control
  • – Laboratory diagnosis: PCR tests, SARS-CoV-2 lateral flow tests,
  • – Other laboratory investigations
  • – References
  • – Sources of information for COVID-19
Covid 19 tropical medicine point of care testing



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