TB is a leading killer of children worldwide. Tools to control TB have existed for decades but are poorly implemented. While ending TB in adults is stalled, pediatric TB is uniquely ripe for elimination. We have led development of innovative tools and strategies for controlling childhood TB: •Finding, treating, and preventing TB in school-age children •Preventing TB in children exposed in the household •Finding and treating TB in pregnant women to prevent transmission to newborns We use cutting-edge molecular diagnostics and short-course preventive regimens to diagnose, treat, and prevent TB in children with social mobilization campaigns to engage affected communities. In just 2 years, we have reduced TB prevalence in Tibetan refugee schoolchildren by ~60%. Our project will benefit children who are refugees, have HIV, live in slums, and are poor. Over 5 years, we can eliminate TB in children across India, with major health, economic, and cultural benefits.
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