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.