A new project ‘catalysing paediatric Tuberculosis innovation’ (CAP TB), which aims at reducing paediatric TB morbidity and mortality in nine sub-Saharan African countries has been launched in Zimbabwe.
TB is the second leading cause of mortality and morbidity after neonatal complications in the country and Zimbabwe ranks 19 out of 22 of the most TB affected countries in the world.
The 4-year CAP TB project by EGPAF in partnership with UNITAID will be implemented in four pilot sites namely: Harare, Chipinge, Beitbridge and Bulawayo.
In a speech read on his behalf by Major General Dr Gerald Gwinji, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa commended the child focused initiative that will compliment government efforts in addressing the TB epidemic.
TB is one of the leading causes of death in children yet only 43% of the estimated 1 million global paediatric TB cases are identified.
According to the WHO 2016 Report, 1 million children below 15 years were infected with TB and only 434 044 were reported.