Translating childhood tuberculosis case management research into operational policies; The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases 15(8):1 – 4, 2011

Translating childhood tuberculosis case management research into operational policies; The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases 15(8):1 – 4, 2011

Authors: N. Safdar, S.G. Hinderaker, N.A. Baloch, D. Enarson, M. A. Khan, O. Morkve.

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.