Our work in child & adolescent TB
The Union works to develop, test, implement and scale up routine screening of child contacts of people with TB. We run observational studies and advocate to ensure children and adolescents are included in clinical trials that target diagnostics, vaccines and treatment of TB disease and infection.
The Union’s Child and Adolescent Tuberculosis Centre of Excellence is a virtual network of tuberculosis (TB) professionals and organisations in the sub-Sahara Africa region, providing a community of learning and practice for childhood and adolescent TB. It currently covers Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe.
Two Union-led projects, in Uganda and four french-speaking countries, successfully developed influential models which saw local health workers trained to identify and treat children with TB as well as identifying those who would benefit from TB preventative therapy.
Part of The Union membership TB section, the maternal and child TB working group has provided technical support to countries considering potential safety of intermittent preventive therapy in pregnancy. As advocates, they collected stories from women around the world affected by TB in pregnancy, developed posters for the UNHLM for UNICEF and a briefing document, ‘The Dangers of TB in Pregnancy.’ These resources are available on The Union Childhood TB Learning Portal.
Child & Adolescent TB Union news
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The Union’s Director of TB, Dr Grania Brigden makes intervention at Rome 5
The latest Global Tuberculosis Report has been launched by the World Health Organization. José Luis Castro, Executive Director of The Union responds.
Union warns the COVID-19 pandemic must not divert attention from the needs of children and adolescents in TB-endemic African countries
The Union warned that if resources are diverted away from child and adolescent tuberculosis (TB) programmes in order to fight COVID-19,…
The review paper Adolescent tuberculosis was published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health on 18 November by a global team with…
The Union is launching the Child and Adolescent Tuberculosis (TB) Centre of Excellence in Uganda, to promote collaboration and learning…