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Nine in 10 children who die from TB went untreated

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2345 (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2345
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London
Javier Galeano/The Union

Five year old Ugandan boy Isaac (pictured) is one of the estimated one million children under the age of 15 years who become sick with tuberculosis every year, nearly a quarter of whom (239 000) die. Luckily for him, Isaac was one of the minority of children who were treated.

Of the children who die from the disease, nine in 10 had not been treated. Most cases, a new report argues,1 are preventable, treatable, and curable with simple, cost effective public health measures.

On 23 May the organisation behind the report, the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, launched a call to action …

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