Chennai, 2017: REACH broadened its vision to tackle the issue of Paediatric TB. The EQUIP Initiative collaborated with Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital – a leading multi-specialty children’s hospital – with the aim to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of TB in Children. REACH officials conducted a sensitization event for doctors at the hospital.
Around 50 doctors attended the meeting and were updated on the recent developments in paediatric TB management, standards of TB care in India, and about the services provided by REACH. The Child Trust Hospital will function as a nodal centre and referral hub for paediatricians practicing in Chennai.
According to WHO estimates, 210,000 children died of TB in 2015 across the globe, including 40,000 deaths among children who were HIV-positive. As many as one million children became ill with TB.