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2017 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Child and Adolescent TB working group took place on Monday 9 October 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda in conjunction with the WHO AFRO annual review and planning meeting of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition programme managers in the East and Southern African Region. The main purpose of the annual meeting is to share global developments and country experiences in scaling up the response to childhood TB and to discuss next steps to move the agenda forward. Specific objectives were to provide an update on the activities of the working group from the last annual meeting on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in Liverpool, UK; to share country experiences in scaling up childhood TB activities; including collaboration with MCH and other health services at country level; to discuss case-finding strategies that could improve early case detection as well as prevention of TB -> through contact investigation and integration of childhood tuberculosis screening into other child health services such as HIV, nutrition and the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness screening programmes; to give the WHO AFRO Task Force the opportunity to present their activities in the region; to share new initiatives that are being or will be implemented in the African region; and, to prepare for session on childhood TB during WHO AFRO MCH managers meeting of Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Upgrading status of sub group to Working Group

Stop TB Partnership is pleased to announce Working Group status of the Childhood TB subgroup, PPM sub group (formerly part of the DOTS expansion Working Group which is no longer functional) and the End TB Transmission Initiative (formerly TB Infection control subgroup). The Executive Committee have approved the request from the three groups and henceforth will be known as the Child and Adolescent TB Working Group, Public-Private Mix Working Group and the End TB Transmission Initiative Working Group.

2016 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Childhood TB subgroup was organized on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in Liverpool, UK. The meeting focused on country experiences in scaling up the response to childhood TB and on what needs to be done to move the agenda forward. More specifically, the objectives were to: share the latest estimates of the childhood TB burden; discuss how to best operationalize the End TB Strategy; give an update on the treatment of MDR-TB in children and on progress made in linking with RMNCAH services; provide an update on the uptake of the child FDCs as well as on recent developments in preventive therapy; share experiences with respect to intensive case finding of TB in children; and, at the end of the day, the new chair of the childhood TB subgroup was announced. The meeting was attended by 120 participants representing a wide variety of stakeholders including paediatricians, NTP managers, Mother and Child Health representatives, technical and financial partners, community TB representatives and WHO staff from Headquarters, regional and country offices.

On 27 October 2016, an informal face-to-face core team meeting took place in Liverpool, UK to update each other on ongoing initiatives and activities, to agree on a vice-chair and to jointly plan for 2017.

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2014 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Childhood TB subgroup took place in Barcelona, Spain on Monday 27 October 2014. The meeting was attended by over 90 participants representing paediatricians, NTP managers, technical and financial partners, community TB representatives and WHO staff from regions and countries. This year, the meeting focused on scaling up childhood TB activities at country level with interesting experiences from Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UR Tanzania, Kenya and Vietnam. Participants were also briefed on the regional activities, in particular the workshops with multiple stakeholders to prepare national action plans for scaling up childhood TB. The Chair gave an update on the work of the subgroup since October 2013 and on the plans for 2015. An update was given on progress made with the implementation of the Childhood TB Roadmap, one year after its launch. New training materials on childhood TB were announced including the WHO/Union training modules and an e-learning tool for health workers at the lower levels of the health care system that will become available soon. The TB Alliance presented progress made towards the development of childhood-friendly TB formulations that may become available during the second half of 2015. WHO gave an update on the childhood TB estimates including the work on estimating the burden of TB in adolescents. USAID presented the childhood TB landscape analysis which is currently under development in close collaboration with partners and countries. TAG shared the key messages of the 2014 TB R&D tracking report showing funding trends for R&D on paediatric TB and highlighting areas for advocacy. The meeting concluded with an update on current research focusing on new TB treatment strategies in children; an update from the Sentinel project; and, an update on significant recent research papers that have been published since the meeting in 2013.

The meeting concluded with the following action points: Bring childhood TB to STAG-TB 2015 and invite colleagues working on maternal and child health as well as HIV/AIDS to facilitate integration; Document and publish scaling up activities; Assist countries to include Childhood TB in all steps of the Global Fund New Funding Model (e.g. NTP review, National TB strategic plan, gap analysis, concept note); Encourage countries to identify national and regional champions on paediatric TB; Build and expand regional capacity to address growing requests for technical assistance in particular in light of the development, finalization and implementation of national action plans for scaling up childhood TB.

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2014 Annual Meeting Presentations

Photos from the meeting will be posted online soon.