2020 TB TREATMENT

116. Continue to support countries to prioritize the identification, diagnosis, and scale-up of TB preventive treatment, including children living with HIV, including via the Union Sub Saharan Africa Centre of Excellence for Child and Adolescent TB as well as in countries where we are working with National TB programmes.

117. Support the scale-up of access to priority formulations and diagnostics and to take steps to facilitate their wider roll-out including by performing operational research via The Union’s Centre of Operational research, and ensuring The Union’s existing paediatric publications and training tools are up to date and disseminated widely in a number of languages to promote the highest standard of care for all children with or at risk of TB.

118. Advocate for the rights of all children, including those living with HIV, to receive TB care and treatment and promote a human-rights based approach to TB; to urge governments to ensure that all children have access to the latest formulations and models of care for TB prevention and care; and to work together to reduce stigma and discrimination that stops children from accessing care that they need.

Updates

Commitment 16:

October 2021

  • In collaboration with CDC/GTB, The Union, through this virtual platform, continues to provide regional support for Sub-Saharan Africa in capacity building and evidence base for National TB programmes to implement, support, and strengthen the prevention, detection, and management of TB in children and adolescents. Over the next several months (2021/2022), the COE will leverage its platform and engagement with member countries through a virtual training series to support countries to adapt and/or develop national capacity-building strategies for child and adolescent TB in anticipation of updated child and adolescent TB guidance from WHO. The virtual training series will take a phased approach, through which countries will: 

    • Session 1:   Have an introduction to the updated concept note and strategies of COE’s virtual development of Country Training Capacity and Approaches for child and adolescent TB, including the session outline. 

    • Session 2:   Share findings from countries’ review of their national training strategies, current training materials/resources, staff training needs for child and adolescent TB and existing partners supporting implementation of child and adolescent TB capacity-building efforts.

    • Session 3:   Become familiar with best practices for adapting and/or developing a national capacity building strategy for child and adolescent TB, incorporating best practices for adult learning;

    • Session 4:   Share best practices and lessons learned for similar capacity-building strategies in the African region for TB, as well as other programs; and 

    • Session 5:   Present their proposed national capacity-building strategy for child and adolescent TB, identify resource needs and discuss resource mobilization.  

 

April 2021

  • Held a Sub Saharan Africa Centre of Excellence for Child and Adolescent TB webinar on “Optimizing diagnosis of TB in children: Balancing clinical and laboratory-based methods to close the detection gap.” Attended by representatives from 8 sub Saharan African countries.

Commitment 17:

June 2021

  • Working with EGPAF and Unitaid developed the "Child and adolescent TB training course for healthcare workers."

 

Commitment 18:

April 2021