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Overcoming TB
in Children

Paediatric TB prevention campaign aimed at diagnosing and treating TB and Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in children

Paediatric TB Contact tracing - Aquity

AQUITY in collaboration with Janssen run a pilot campaign in the Eastern Cape called Qinisela, a Paeditriac TB prevention campaign aimed at diagnosing and treating TB and Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in children.

“There is limited data on the prevalence of drug-resistance in African children with tuberculosis” says Dr Sipho Nyathi, Director of Health Programs at AQUITY. “TB diagnostics and treatment in children poses particular challenges and data on the management of MDR-TB in children is scarce. Children acquire drug-resistant TB typically from an adult index case. This is why as AQUITY Innovations we have decided to get involved in the diagnosing and managing of MDR-TB in children in South Africa starting with the Eastern Cape.”

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Summary: Performance in Nelson Mandela Bay District

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All you need to know about TB in children

What is Tuberculosis (TB) 

TB is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs, though it can affect any organ in the body. It can develop when bacteria spread through droplets in the air. TB can be fatal, but in many cases, it is preventable and treatable.

How TB spreads   

TB bacteria are spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

TB in children 

TB in children under 15 years of age (also called paediatric tuberculosis) is a public health problem of special significance because it is a marker for recent transmission of TB. Also of special significance, infants and young children are more likely than older children and adults to develop life-threatening forms of TB disease (e.g., disseminated TB, TB meningitis). Among children, the greatest numbers of TB cases are seen in children less than 5 years of age, and in adolescents older than 10 years of age.

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Qinisela - Overcoming TB in children