Free Content Recording isoniazid preventive therapy delivery to children: operational challenges [Short communication]

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Abstract:

Despite recommendations to provide isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) to eligible children aged <5 years who are in close contact with an infectious tuberculosis (TB) case, IPT delivery in high-burden settings remains poor. To evaluate the current system supporting IPT delivery to children in an urban community, South Africa, we reviewed the recording practices of a local clinic regarding management of children exposed to a current adult TB case. No standardised IPT management tools existed. Only 21% of children eligible for IPT had documentation of IPT delivery. There is a need to implement systems that support IPT recommendations in high-burden settings.

Keywords: children; guidelines; isoniazid; prevention; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa 2: Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 3: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 4: Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; and Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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