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Tackling mortality due to childhood tuberculosis

23 March 2018

Correspondence about Childhood Tuberculosis.

“March 24 marks World Tuberculosis Day, an opportunity to promote greater commitment and leadership in the fight against tuberculosis at all levels. It is particularly urgent to increase awareness and mobilisation on childhood tuberculosis because tuberculosis mortality is still un-acceptably high in children. Indeed, there were 253 000 deaths among one million estimated cases in 2016, almost exclusively in young children who did not receive treatment. Affordable and child-friendly treatments are available, but childhood tuberculosis is often underdiagnosed: only 45% of all estimated paediatric tuberculosis cases were notified to the WHO in 2016.”

Sylvain Godreuil, Olivier Marcy, Eric Wobudeya, Maryline Bonnet, Jérôme Solassol

The Lancet Public Health, 380 (2018) . doi:10.1016/S2468-2667(18)30049-5