Welcome to the RDT Info website

RDT Info is an informational resource on rapid diagnostic tests for low-resource settings and is not affiliated with any diagnostic product manufacturer or distributor.

This website was developed for public health program managers and decision makers working in developing countries or other low-resource settings and is designed to provide accurate and up-to-date information on rapid diagnostic tests. Please note that this web site is not affiliated with a diagnostic product or manufacturer. Our only purpose is to provide current information on rapid diagnostic tests.

The ability to provide test results rapidly to the patient is one of the most important properties that make rapid diagnostic tests useful in low-resource settings, as many patients do not return for their test results. Tests where results are available in minutes, or at most an hour or two, are best. For optimal use in low-resource settings, it is also important for tests to be: accurate; simple to use - i.e., that they require little in the way of facilities, equipment, or training; low-cost or cost-effective; easily interpretable; and stable when stored under extreme conditions. Ideal tests also use samples that require little or no processing and are culturally acceptable.