Leading up to the 2018 UN High Level Meeting the Global Child and Adolescent TB Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership developed this brief on 'What You Need to Know About Childhood TB in Preparation for the 2018 UN High Level Meeting.
This brief calls for commitments to achieving the following targets in the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on TB:
- By 2019, ALL states have established an Inter-Ministry Task Force and developed a funded action plan to address child TB comprehensively across maternal, child and adolescent populations.
- By 2022, 90% of children with household exposure to an infectious TB case (2.4 million children <5yrs of age, and HIV-infected children of any age) receive preventive therapy each year.
- By 2022, 90% of children with TB and MDR TB are diagnosed (respectively 900,000 and 28,800 each year), put on appropriate treatment and reported to National TB Programmes.
- By 2022, countries increase their research funding to address the needs of children, especially the development of new child-friendly diagnostics, treatments and an improved vaccine.