New plan outlines steps to end childhood TB

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child being examined for tuberculosis

A global action plan on tuberculosis (TB) and children aims to save the lives of more than 74,000 youngsters.

The first-ever Roadmap for Childhood TB was launched on Tuesday by a group of global leaders on the disease, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

It estimates that an annual expenditure of $120 million could help save thousands of children from TB, including those infected with both TB and HIV.

The funding will go towards improving detection, developing better medicines for children and integrating TB treatment into existing maternal and child health programmes.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria which infect the lungs and is spread from person to person through the air.

According to the World Health Organization, it is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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