In malaria endemic countries, 40% of the population seek care and treatment for febrile illnesses in the private sector. Successful malaria control; therefore, greatly depends on effective diagnosis and treatment within private sector outlets.
To be used by private providers, client registers aim to capture the universe of Fever Case Management (FCM) from a qualitative and quantitative point of view. Client registers capture data on the different types of cases providers see at their outlet every week/month (i.e. number of cases of fever tested positive with a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and treated with a Quality Assured Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (QAACT), number of cases of fever tested positive with an RDT and treated with other treatments, etc.). Client registers are useful to track case-load by outlet and get a better sense of how many fever cases are seen at each outlet by week/month as well as to ensure that cases are managed correctly in terms of treatment and referrals. Analysis of client register data can help supervisors determine how to better allocate resources and plan assessments. It is important to note that client registers should be based on tally sheets already developed for existing registers required by the government.
This FCM Client Register is part of a larger Quality Assurance Manual and Toolkit developed through the UNITAID Private Sector RDT project to provide guidance on quality assurance for FCM in the private sector.