oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Childhood tuberculosis guidelines of the Southern African Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases : guidelines

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The World Health Organization has led the way in terms of guiding global policy in the management of children with suspected and / or confirmed tuberculosis (TB), through the publication in 2006 of its 'Guidance for national tuberculosis programmes on the management of tuberculosis in children'. National policy documents in settings with a high TB burden may not comply with these latest management strategies. This document, formulated on behalf of the Southern African Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, sets out to inform healthcare workers in southern Africa about the latest policies with regard the management of children with suspected TB in the region, in order to streamline case management according to current evidence and practice. As such, its main objectives are to raise awareness about the burden of childhood TB in the region, to intensify case finding and to conform management according to common, contemporary practice which will hopefully benefit childhood TB outcomes.

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