Regional Childhood Tuberculosis (TB) Workshop

12–13 November 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

In the WHO European Region TB remains a serious health problem. Among the significant challenges are widespread TB among vulnerable and marginalized populations, including children and adolescents. Co-infection with HIV and high rates of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are further hampering efforts of care for this vulnerable group.

The full scope of the problem of TB in children is not fully known. WHO estimates that globally over half a million children fall ill with TB every year, and up to 90 000 children die from TB each year– a preventable and curable disease. After decades of relative neglect, the childhood TB epidemic is now in the spotlight.

The regional workshop on childhood TB aims to update National TB Programme (NTP) managers and childhood TB focal points in National TB Programmes on recent policy changes with regards to childhood TB. It includes an introduction to new drug dosages and providing guidance on updating national strategic plans of TB prevention and care.

The event will be organized in collaboration with WHO headquarters, and technical partners such as the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and European Centre for Disease prevention (ECDC) will be attending.