14 Nov

Workshop 06: Preventing child deaths from drug resistant tuberculosis

Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 9:00 – 12:30, Room: 409

43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health, 13-17 November 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Workshop sponsored by Médecins Sans Frontières


Children with drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are a population who have been largely overlooked by TB programmes as well as by international policy makers and researchers. There is an urgent need to address this gap. This workshop aims to provide participants with an update on recent initiatives targeting DR-TB in children, as well as demonstrating practical approaches to overcome current challenges in diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, this workshop will review the research agenda, including studies that are planned or on-going, define what the urgent needs are and discuss how participants can become actively involved.


1. An introduction to the Sentinel Project on Paediatric Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Mercedes Becerra (USA)

2. Research meeting the needs of children with DR-TB: an update on progress

Soumya Swaminathan (India)

3. Introducing DR-TB diagnosis and treatment for children into TB programmes: a case study from Tajikistan

Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa (UK)

4. The use of practical tools and approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of children with DR-TB

James Seddon (UK)

5. Children in the evolving TB epidemic: future perspectives and priorities

Ben Marais (Australia)

Coordinators: Grania Brigden (UK), Mercedes Becerra (USA)

Chair: Stephen M. Graham (Australia)