Expanding Global Response To Pediatric TB Critical To Advancing Child Health

International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Out of the shadows: shining a light on children with tuberculosis
Eric Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis

“…In order to contribute to the overall improvements in child health, we must change the way pediatric TB is identified and treated. Critically, improved pediatric point-of-care diagnostics are necessary to identify those children infected with TB. In addition, we need to develop a short, effective, and child friendly treatment for any form of TB, including MDR-TB (multidrug-resistant TB) or TB associated with HIV infection. And, we need an effective vaccine so that children will be protected from contracting TB at all. … This would help identify children with TB and extend treatment to them — taking our children out of the shadows. To do so is both a historic opportunity and humanitarian imperative, for the health of our world, our families and, most importantly, our children” (December 2015).