Publications & Reports

Challenges and solutions to implementing drug-resistant tuberculosis programmes for children in Central Asia.

P du Cros, A Swaminathan, O I Bobokhojaev, Z D Sharifovna, C Martin, K Herboczek, C Hohn, J A Seddon
Manson Unit, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), London, UK.


Guidelines for children with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) tend to focus on individual patient care; there is little guidance for national tuberculosis programmes (NTPs) on how to plan, implement and integrate DR-TB services for children. In 2013, through the paediatric tuberculosis (TB) programme started by the Tajikistan Ministry of Health and Medecins Sans Frontieres in 2011, 21 children became the first to be treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Tajikistan. We describe the challenges encountered in establishing the programme and the solutions to these challenges, and propose a framework to guide the implementation of paediatric DR-TB care. This framework could prove useful for other NTPs in resource-limited settings.


  • Journal: Public Health Action
  • Published: 21/06/2015
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 2
  • Pagination: 99-102