Ten Things You Might Not Know about Tuberculosis and Children
23 March 2012
Saturday March 24th is World Tuberculosis Day, a day which raises awareness about an old disease that still kills. As part of its campaign to promote early testing and treatment of children living with HIV, Caritas Internationalis also focuses on TB, which often affects HIV-positive children because of their weak immune systems.
Children who live in crowded or unhygienic places, such as refugee quarters, are more vulnerable to contracting tuberculosis (this photo does not indicate the HIV or TB status of the persons shown).
Caritas calls on governments and pharmaceutical companies to develop “child-friendly” forms of medicines to fight both HIV and tuberculosis. Here are facts you may not know about TB’s impact on children:
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