Forgotten but Not Gone: Childhood TB
On January 5, 2012, TAG held a Childhood TB Federal Advocacy Meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting was cosponsored by STOP TB, RESULTS/ACTION, the Center for Global Health Policy, and the American Thoracic Society (ATS).
Some of the highlights of the meeting included an incredibly moving personal account of the struggles and hardships a young mother living in Texas who has a toddler son who was diagnosed with drug-resistant TB meningitis over a year ago. There were also presentations from leading childhood TB clinicians and researchers and advocates on pediatric TB basics—epidemiological data, diagnosis, treatment and care issue—as well as on TB research needs and gaps. At the end of the meeting there was also a quick discussion on the 2012 fiscal and political advocacy outlook, action items, and next steps. Following all of the presentations, the speakers fielded many challenging questions from the audience.
Advocacy Meeting Presentations
Children and Tuberculosis Overview – Mandy Slutsker from RESULTS Educational Fund and ACTION
Childhood Tuberculosis: Some Basic Issues – Dr. Jeff Starke from Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine
The IMPAACT TB Scientific Committee – Dr. Sharon Nachman from SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center; vice chair of IMPAACT
The Sentinel Project – Dr. Mercedes Becerra from Partners In Health and Harvard Medical School
TB Funding Update – Nuala Moore from the American Thoracic Society
MSF's on the Ground Work – Hilary Bower from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
Learn More and Get Involved in Childhood TB Advocacy
- TB Advocacy Roundtable
- Call to Action For Childhood TB
- MSF Report: Out of the Dark: Meeting the Needs of Children with TB
- Pediatric TB Core Group
- RESULTS/ACTION Children and TB: Exposing a Hidden Epidemic
- The Sentinel Project Network on Pediatric drug-resistant Tuberculosis
- TB/HIV Organizing Group for the 2012 International AIDS Conference
Contact: Please e-mail Erica Lessem with questions, suggestions, and ideas for getting involved in childhood TB advocacy.
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