Strengthening Guidelines for Childhood Tuberculosis to Accelerate Diagnosis and Treatment


To better understand whether childhood TB guidelines can inform the roles and responsibilities of maternal and child health providers and to identify opportunities for strengthening them, USAID's Africa and Global Health Bureaus and the African Strategies for Health (ASH) project assessed existing childhood TB guidelines in 13 countries in Africa. Technical and organizational elements were systematically extracted and analyzed from countries' most recent guidelines. This brief provides a summary of findings and makes recommendations for revising outdated guidelines and strengthening them to improve service delivery and reduce the burden of TB in children.