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TB Rampant Among Children in New Guinea

by Medindia Content Team on  November 22, 2007 at 3:06 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
TB Rampant Among Children in New Guinea
Poor tuberculosis control among adults in Papua New Guinea is fueling a rapid increase in the number of TB cases among children in the country, the World Health Organization's country office said recently, the National reports. In a recent newsletter, WHO said that Papua New Guinea is "far from achieving" global and national TB control targets.
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The country's National Tuberculosis Program, which implements the DOTS strategy, is detecting about 20% of estimated new sputum smear-positive cases, and about 60% of those cases undergo successful treatment, according to WHO.

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The DOTS case detection target is 70%, and the treatment success target is 85%. WHO said that until recently, Papua New Guinea's TB control program has not included a plan for controlling the disease among children.

The organization said it plans to help the country in obtaining high-quality, liquid TB drugs that will be easier for children to take.

Papua New Guinea's Department of Health in September received a grant of $21 million from the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. WHO said the grant will help to expand the Stop TB Strategy nationwide during the next five years.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
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