MORTALITY DATA

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of child mortality (ages 0-14) in the world. Each year 1,000,000 children will develop TB and 140,000 children will die from this deadly disease. Very young children and children with HIV are especially vulnerable to the deadliest forms of TB. Despite the extent of the problem, children with TB have suffered widespread neglect. The MAP-IT model was developed to raise awareness about ways to prevent, diagnose and treat pediatric TB, so that no child has to suffer from the disease. It’s time to end the neglect of childhood tuberculosis and restore health and hope to lives of the countless children and families affected by the disease.

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