A patient at a drug shop in eastern Uganda braces for a finger prick. The rapid diagnostic test will determine if she has malaria. (Photo: Jill Braden Balderas)

A lab technician at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, looks under a microscope for malaria parasites. If parasites are found, the counter and calculator on the left are used to determine how serious the infection is by the number of parasites on the th

It takes about 20 minutes to get a result with a rapid diagnostic test. This patient did not have malaria and went home with a painkiller. (Photo: Jill Braden Balderas)

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