The second edition of the ‘Roadmap Towards Ending TB in Children and Adolescents’, a collaboration between 11 leading health agencies and organisations including The Union, is an essential document every country can use to lead a stronger response to child and adolescent TB.
Launched in advance of the first ever UN HLM on TB, the roadmap serves as a guide for countries, agencies and civil society to formulate health strategies and implement programmes.
The Union’s advocacy efforts focused on three main objectives for child TB in 2018: developing solutions to scale up treatment for children exposed to TB, improving case management for children, and ensuring children are included in clinical trials for new TB tools.
The widespread neglect of children and adolescents with TB must end. Children make up a disproportionate number of TB deaths. No-one has developed an effective diagnostic test for children with TB. They’re routinely excluded from research. By any measure, this is a human rights scandal.