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Ending the TB Epidemic

Childhood TB: From Neglect to Action

"200 children are dying of TB every day. Most people do not know this" - Desmond Tutu

Even though it’s preventable and treatable, tuberculosis (TB) is a top ten killer of children worldwide.

ACTION has released its second brief on children and TB, issuing recommendations for the international community and affected countries to combat this neglected epidemic.

Since ACTION released its first Childhood TB brief last year, the global community has paid attention. 

But we need to keep the momentum going. Children are still misdiagnosed, unaccounted for, and lack access to appropriate pediatric TB drugs.

“The global TB epidemic is a disgrace. If we want to end TB as a killer of children, we need to do more than just talk, we must transform attention to this deadly disease into action,” said Kolleen Bouchane, ACTION Director.

Civil society, health care workers, the private sector, as well as both donor and high burden countries must break out of their silos and work together.  Read the brief – and its full list of recommendations – and join the #kidsTB #putkids1st conversation on Twitter