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Regional initiatives to address the challenges of tuberculosis in children: perspectives from the Asia-Pacific region.

Graham SM, Grzemska M, Brands A, Nguyen H, Amini J, Triasih R, Talukder K, Ahmed S, Amanullah F, Kumar B, Tufail P, Detjen A, Marais B, Hennig C, Islam T
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia;


Increasing attention is being given to the challenges of management and prevention of tuberculosis in children and adolescents. There have been a number of recent important milestones achieved at the global level to address this previously neglected disease. There is now a need to increase activities and build partnerships at the regional and national levels in order to address the wide policy-practice gaps for implementation, and to take the key steps outlined in the Roadmap for Child Tuberculosis published in 2013. In this article, we provide the rationale and suggest strategies illustrated with examples to improve diagnosis, management, outcomes and prevention for children with tuberculosis in the Asia-Pacific region, with an emphasis on the need for greatly improved recording and reporting. Effective collaboration with community engagement between the child health sector, the National Tuberculosis control Programmes, community-based services and the communities themselves are essential.


  • Journal: International Journal of Infectious Diseases
  • Published: 01/03/2015
  • Volume: 32
  • Pagination: 166-169