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November 1, 2022

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and Stop TB Collaborate to Publish Special JPIDS Supplement on Pediatric Tuberculosis

‘What’s New in Childhood Tuberculosis’ is a nine-article supplement that evaluates the global state of childhood TB and efforts that will reduce morbidity and mortality from TB in children

WASHINGTON and GENEVA, October 31, 2022 – The Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (JPIDS) today published What’s New in Childhood Tuberculosis,’ a supplemental issue of nine articles on the state of tuberculosis in children. This supplement aims to identify the challenges in controlling childhood tuberculosis in 2022 and beyond, and the articles highlight areas that can accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a persistent threat to children worldwide.

Despite being preventable, treatable, and curable, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most serious infectious diseases affecting children, with an estimated 1.2 million cases and more than 216,000 deaths in children under 15 years of age in 2021 – or close to 600 deaths per day.

In the accompanying articles, experts in childhood tuberculosis address several aspects of the epidemic in children, including the interaction of TB with HIV infection and COVID-19, medication interactions and adherence, diagnostics, new treatments, systematic and programmatic approaches to TB care and services, and vaccine development. The authors recognize both the advances that have been made in childhood TB and the need for further resources that will ensure everyone has adequate access to the knowledge and care necessary to stop this epidemic.

“PIDS is pleased to have a JPIDS supplement dedicated to ongoing efforts to address childhood TB,” said PIDS president C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH, FPIDS. “Achieving PIDS’ vision of promoting the health and well-being of children through the prevention and control of infectious diseases worldwide would fall incomplete without a commitment to tuberculosis. A special note of thanks to our partners Stop TB for their indispensable contributions in bringing this supplement to fruition.”

“Too many children die needlessly every year from this preventable, diagnosable, treatable, and curable infectious disease,” said Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership. “In 2022, this ongoing tragedy is simply not acceptable. We owe it to our children to protect them at all costs from falling prey to this deadly disease. Recent data has shown us that TB is on the brink of replacing COVID-19 as the world’s deadliest infectious disease. I urge the international community to heed our call by providing the necessary resources so we can finally put an end to this disease.”

The supplement articles titles are:

While this supplement highlights recent strides, it also serves as a call to action to reduce morbidity and mortality from TB in children. There remains a need to quantify the burden of childhood TB, including obtaining age-disaggregated data; to deploy improved diagnostic assays; to ensure antibiotic availability, particularly to low- and middle-income countries; and to provide integrated, family-centered models of care.

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About PIDS

PIDS membership encompasses leaders across the global scientific and public health spectrum, including clinical care, advocacy, academics, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. From fellowship training to continuing medical education, research, regulatory issues and guideline development, PIDS members are the core professionals advocating for the improved health of children with infectious diseases both nationally and around the world, participating in critical public health and medical professional advisory committees that determine the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, immunization practices in children, and the education of pediatricians. For more information, visit http://www.pids.org.

About Stop TB Partnership

The Stop TB Partnership is a unique United Nations hosted entity based in Geneva, Switzerland, committed to revolutionizing the tuberculosis (TB) space to end the disease by 2030. The organization aligns more than 2,000 partners worldwide to promote cross-sectoral collaboration. The Stop TB Partnership’s various teams and initiatives take bold and smart risks to identify, fund and support innovative approaches, ideas, and solutions to ensure the TB community has a voice at the highest political levels and that all TB-affected people have access to affordable, quality, and people-centered care. www.stoptb.org.

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