|BCG vaccination is considered an effective way to help prevent TB for children. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — A new initiative aimed at strengthening tuberculosis (TB) prevention, detection and treatment of children in Viet Nam was launched yesterday in Ha Noi.
TB is a significant cause of illness and death among children in many TB-endemic countries, with nearly 400 children losing their lives daily due to this disease.
The two-year project, called "Breath for Life," will be piloted in the central Nghe An Province, which has a high incidence of TB and HIV.
The project has been jointly initiated by PATH, and leading global health innovation and international healthcare company Johnson & Johnson, in partnership with the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP)
By harnessing the capacity of the NTP and public and private healthcare systems, the project presents a model that could potentially be replicated in other provinces.
The project will focus on tackling a number of challenges in managing paediatric TB in Viet Nam, including the training of health workers at all levels and realising the potential for collaboration between the NTP and public and private healthcare facilities.
Key priorities would be to ensure that health workers have the skills and capabilities to detect, treat and manage paediatric TB and strengthen links and set up referral systems between relevant public and private health facilities, Project Director at PATH Kimberly Green said.
PATH has a long history of supporting Viet Nam's tuberculosis-control efforts, while working with national and international partners to detect more than 12,000 cases since 2008.
Tuberculosis remains one of the most common communicable diseases in Viet Nam, with 130,000 new cases and 17,000 deaths being reported every year. — VNS