We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Toward Zero Deaths is a joint effort by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the STOP TB Partnership and its partners which includes TB Alert.
The roadmap reckons that these lives could be saved by spending US$120 million a year and identifies 10 priorities that include treating children preventively if family members are already infected and training workers to spot the disease in children.
Health experts say tuberculosis in children is often overlooked because there isn’t a reliable diagnostic test and its symptoms are similar to other childhood illnesses. The WHO estimates that TB infects 500,000 children and is the second leading killer among infectious diseases after AIDS.
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