The Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility officially launched the Pediatric Drug-Resistant TB (DR-TB) Initiative aimed at ending the disease by increasing the access of child-friendly DR-TB treatments to children who need them, wherever they are in the world.
There is no official data on global pediatric DR-TB and estimates indicate that of the 1.1 million children under the age of 15 who became sick with TB in 2018 globally, an estimated 25,000 had DR-TB. Of those, fewer than 5% are diagnosed and received treatment. Even fewer of those under the age of five received treatment.
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