Table 1– Major challenges of childhood tuberculosis (TB)
TB is an important cause of child morbidity and mortality, the low priority awarded to childhood TB due to its lower infectivity is inexcusable
Accurate surveillance data regarding the burden of TB in children are scarce because it is under-detected and under-reported, this has implications for the quality of patient care and the recognition and attention awarded to childhood TB
There is a lack in research and development of improved diagnostic tools, new drugs, easy-to-dose formulations and effective vaccines to prevent all forms of TB in children of all ages
Donor interest is lacking and research and programmatic control are under funded