Childhood TB

Childhood TB

“An easy, user-friendly guide…not only useful for training courses, but also valuable as a personal reference guide for professionals.” – Sensitive Midwifery Magazine

Childhood TB enables healthcare workers care for children with tuberculosis, especially when co-infected with HIV. It covers:

  • an introduction to TB infection
  • the clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and prevention of tuberculosis in children
  • HIV and TB co-infection.

Childhood TB was developed by paediatricians with extensive experience in the care of children with tuberculosis, under the auspices of the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

ISBN (print edition): 978-1-920218-46-1
ISBN (PDF edition): 978-1-920218-47-8
ISBN (reflowable edition): 978-1-928313-02-1

About the authors of Childhood TB

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.

Prof Rob Gie is a faculty member of the Tygerberg Academic Health Complex and the University of Stellenbosch.  He is also involved in TB training in other countries including UN programmes.

Acknowledgements for Childhood TB

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Prof N. Beyers, Prof S. Schaaf, Prof P. Jeena, Prof R. Green, Prof B. Marais and Dr A. Kutwa. When opinions differed between contributing colleagues, the simplest most practical choice was adopted. While every effort has been made to correct any errors in the text, the final decision and responsibility was ours alone.

We also wish to thank Dr Lindiwe Mvusi from the South African National Department of Health and Ms Nellie Makhaye-Gqwaru of USAID for their support and mobilisation of resources toward this project.

Where possible, we attempted to comply with the Guidance for the Management of Childhood Tuberculosis (World Health Organisation WH/ HTM/2006.371), South African national tuberculosis programme guidelines and provincial prevention, diagnostic and management protocols.

Our sincere thanks go to the publishers for their willingness to support this project.

The funding for this project was obtained from a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) southern Africa grant (under the terms of Agreement No.GHS-A-00-05-00019-00) to the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre. The grant was administered by the Tuberculosis Control Assistance Programme (TBCAP) through the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the USAID or the United States Government. We also wish to acknowledge the generous funding from Eduhealthcare, a not-for-profit organisation, in writing this book.

– Prof David Woods and Prof Robert Gie