Value Chain Analysis of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (2015)

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Malaria Consortium, UNITAID

Project Location

Project Duration

1 year

Total Value


Value of Montrose Component



  • Montrose carried out a value chain analysis to assess the current situation of the in-country malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (mRDT) supply chain.
  • Malaria Consortium, together with partners, implemented a three-year UNITAID-funded multi-country project geared towards promoting use of mRDTs in the private sector in order to improve malaria case management.
  • Implementation commenced in the 9 pilot Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ogun, Anambra and Cross-river states in August 2014.
  • To assess the current situation of the in-country mRDT supply chain a value chain analysis was required. This enabled the identification of the drivers, constraints, and opportunities as well as an understanding of the behaviour of customers in the 9 pilot phase LGAs and for scale-up into the other 50 LGAs in the project states.


  • Montrose was contracted to undertake the value chain analysis (VCA) of quality assured mRDT in 9 pilot and 50 scale-up LGAs. The objectives of the VCA were:
    • To carry out a rapid mid-term assessment and understand the current mRDT market following implementation of the UNITAID private sector mRDT project intervention in the 9 LGAs.
    • To carry out a rapid qualitative baseline assessment of the current mRDT market in a sample of the new 50 LGAs and uncover possible challenges/barriers to market penetration into these areas.
    • To assess the performance of the first-line buyers: Codix and SHI Logistics in delivery of the RDT bundle.
    • Identify factors within the supply chain that are affecting uptake of mRDTs in the three states and uncover possible solutions for circumventing these identified factors.
    • Identify key short, medium and long term opportunities to increase demand for mRDTs in the private sector.
    • To assess the effectiveness of support provided directly by Malaria Consortium at different levels of the supply chain.
    • To review the state specific mRDT price determinants.
    • To conduct a situational analysis of the partners involved in the mRDT supply chain nationally and at the state level.
    • To identify areas where the project model has got a competitive edge against other players in the mRDT market.


  • The goal of the VCA was to increase the appropriate use of quality-assured RDTs in private sector outlets within beneficiary malaria-endemic countries by increasing their uptake in private sector markets through targeted activities.