More than 27,000 children with TB go undetected annually in Bangladesh, ranked as the 7th highest TB burden country in the world. A majority of these undiagnosed child TB cases seek care at the large urban hospitals but are missed or not notified due to lack of systematic screening and notification system in place.
In order to cater childhood TB within existing health infrastructure of Bangladesh, there is a need to introduce a program which is specifically designed to meet the needs of children with TB.
IRD Bangladesh, funded through Challenge TB and in collaboration with the National TB Control Program is piloting a new program specifically designed for children with TB at 6 tertiary hospitals in Dhaka and Sylhet.
In order to ensure accurate patient follow up and data quality, innovative mobile health technology and electronic medical record systems has been integrated within the program. IRD Bangladesh is investing in customized communication tools that target both children and parents to increase awareness and generate more demand for childhood TB services.
http://www.tractionproject.org/research-areas/disease- control-tuberculosis/scaling- management-childhood- tuberculosis-bangladesh