Translating childhood tuberculosis case management research into operational policies [Notes from the field]
Abstract:The control of childhood tuberculosis (TB) has been of low priority in TB programmes in high-burden settings. The objective of this paper was to describe the development and testing of tools for the management of childhood TB. The Pakistan National TB Control Programme embarked on a number of activities, including the establishment of policy guidelines for the management of childhood TB and later a guidance document, ‘Case Management Desk Guide and Structured Monitoring’, to demonstrate the implementation of childhood TB interventions in a programme context. Initial results showed improved case finding and treatment outcome in implementation sites compared with control districts. However, further programme attention is required to improve quality.
Document Type: Short Communication
Affiliations: 1: Association for Social Development, Islamabad, Pakistan; and Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 2: Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 3: National TB Control Programme Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan 4: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 5: Association for Social Development, Islamabad, Pakistan 6: Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Publication date: August 1, 2011
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