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Childhood TB
Roadmap aims to get to zero childhood deaths from tuberculosis

Roadmap aims to get to zero childhood deaths from tuberculosis

Every year, there are 74,000 childhood deaths from TB. Every day, more than 200 children under the age of 15 die needlessly from the disease. Yesterday, the first ever targeted roadmap that outlines steps to end these unacceptable deaths was released. It makes clear that many of these deaths could be prevented each year through […]

Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: No Promises

Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: No Promises

 Today we’re sharing both a moving and compelling video, Mutlidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: No Promises, that specifically tells the tale of TB in Tajikistan but that also serves to highlight the myriad of problems TB patients, their friends and families have to endure when undergoing, and following, treatment.
The video focuses on issues surrounding childhood TB, the problems […]

We Can Heal: Drug-resistant tuberculosis in children

We Can Heal: Drug-resistant tuberculosis in children

(c)WHO/Friedman
To mark World TB Day 2013, the Sentinel Project on Paediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis and Treatment Action Group released a collection of 30 stories from 30 countries that identify what the TB community needs to do to achieve zero TB deaths, new infections, and suffering.
As the release states, the collection of stories illustrate the problems we […]

New report highlights the urgent need for action on childhood tuberculosis

New report highlights the urgent need for action on childhood tuberculosis

Credit: Gary Hampton
A new report, Children and Tuberculosis: From Neglect to Action, outlining recommendations on how the international community and affected countries can combat childhood TB was released today by the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. 
Despite the international community paying increasing attention to the issue of childhood tuberculosis and despite it being both preventable and treatable, TB remains […]

Strong Advocacy Needed to Eliminate TB as a Major Killer of Children

Strong Advocacy Needed to Eliminate TB as a Major Killer of Children

Although a preventable and curable disease, TB makes up a considerable burden of disease affecting children. The WHO estimates that half a million children get sick with TB each year and up to 64,000 die as a result. However, most childhood TB researchers believe these figures represent a gross underestimation of the true problem as there is little data available on […]

Children and TB: A Researcher’s Perspective

When I first began researching children and TB, I started with a simple question: how many children get sick with TB each year?
The answer I got was shocking: “We’re not completely sure.”
As a researcher, I found this difficult to believe. TB has been around for thousands of years, so how it that we still […]

ACTION Releases Eye-Opening Report Children and Tuberculosis: Exposing a Hidden Epidemic

ACTION’s enlightening analysis of the link between the burden of tuberculosis (TB) and the world’s most vulnerable children – those who are malnourished, orphans, or living with HIV sheds light on a neglected epidemic. The report, Children and Tuberculosis: Exposing a Hidden Epidemic, is a reminder that TB is not a disease of the past […]

New ECDC and WHO joint report on TB: concern about multi drug-resistance and childhood TB

A new report, Tuberculosis surveillance in Europe 2009, a joint publication from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe to mark World Tuberculosis Day 2011, provides evidence for concern about the spread of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and the persistence of TB among children. ECDC is […]