Finding Missing Pediatric TB Cases: Three Times More Cases Notified in Just Four Weeks

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Despite the high burden of TB in children, it is estimated that at least two thirds of cases in Uganda go undiagnosed or unreported mainly due to a gap in health worker skills in making a clinical diagnosis, and in the health system.

At Mukono Health Center (HC) IV located in Mukono District Central Uganda, the pediatric TB case notification was low at an average of five cases notified per month (November 2017–January 2018) yet the expected number of new cases per month is 13 as per population projections.

This low performance is mainly due to low coverage for pediatric TB screening at an average of 18 percent (November 2017–January 2018) , lack of capacity and skills to screen and clinically diagnose pediatric TB, and poor documentation of the cascade of care.

 

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USAID Defeat TB Pediatric Advisor taking health workers through the Algorithm for Diagnosis of TB in Children
USAID Defeat TB Pediatric Advisor taking health workers through the Algorithm for Diagnosis of TB in Children
Publication Date 
April 2018
Resource Type 
Success Stories
Regions/ Countries 
Language 
English