Childhood TB can be solved - if we choose to act

TB is a leading killer of children, its impact rippling through families, communities, and entire countries. While the disease is curable, appropriate treatments designed for children do not currently exist. This is evidence of a longstanding neglect of children with TB. However, TB Alliance, the World Health Organization, and other partners are working to change this. New properly dosed, child-friendly forms of TB treatment are in development and will soon be available. But, the challenge of saving millions of children’s lives doesn’t end there. Everybody has a role to play in ensuring new drugs reach children.

TB Alliance would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their assistance in assembling this piece.


Dr. Jeffrey R. Starke

Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Adrie Bekker

Desmond Tutu TB Centre


Dr. Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit

Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand


Dr. Anneke C. Hesseling

Desmond Tutu TB Centre


Gwynneth Hendricks

Desmond Tutu TB Centre


Dr. Karen du Preez

Desmond Tutu TB Centre


Dr. Elisabetta Walters

Desmond Tutu TB Centre


Professor Simon Schaaf

Desmond Tutu TB Centre


Dr. Piyarat Suntarattiwong

Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health


Dr. Kaewalee Soontornmon

Bureau of Tuberculosis, Bangkok, Thailand


Dr. Cleotilde Hidalgo How

University of Philippines College of Medicine


Dr. Ann Mary T. Tolentino

TB Coordinator of the Mabalacat City Health Office, Philippines


Dr. Benjamir M. Cabrera

Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association (PAPA)

University of Perpetual Help Data Medical Center

Jonelta Foundation School of Medicine


City Health Office Staff of Mabalacat City, Philippines


Ambulatory Pediatric Association (PAPA), Philippines


Dr. Anna Ong-Lim

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines


Section of Infectious and Tropical Disease in Pediatrics, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital