Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category


Second Edition of Field Guide now available

July 24, 2014

SPcoverA second edition of the Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Field Guide is now available for download on the Treatment Guidance page.

The full citation is: Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Children: A Field Guide. Boston, USA: The Sentinel Project for Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis; July 2014.


Study: Childhood TB Rates Much Higher than Estimated

July 10, 2014

Members of the Sentinel Project Network have published a paper titled, “Burden of childhood tuberculosis in 22 high-burden countries: a mathematical modelling study.” The paper was published in early online publication in the The Lancet Global Health on July 9, 2014. The aim of this paper is to estimate the incidence of infection and disease in children, the prevalence of infection, and household exposure in the 22 countries with a high burden of disease.

You can access an article highlighting the paper here.

Full Reference: Burden of childhood tuberculosis in 22 high-burden countries: a mathematical modelling study Dr Peter J Dodd PhD,Elizabeth Gardiner MSc,Renia Coghlan MPH,James A Seddon PhD The Lancet Global Health – 9 July 2014  DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70245-1


Publication of Case Study

September 15, 2013

Members of the Advocacy Task Force have published a report entitled “Novel pediatric delivery systems for second-line anti-tuberculosis medications: a case study.” The paper was published online in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The aim of this paper is to present the development of a child-friendly delivery system for second-line medications.

Full reference: Furin J, Brigden G, Lessem E, Becerra MC. Novel pediatric delivery systems for second-line anti-tuberculosis medications: a case study. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2013 Sep;17(9):1239-41. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.13.0196. Epub 2013 Jul 3.


Pediatric TB Course In Dhaka, Bangladesh

September 15, 2013

On July 15 2013, the Sentinel Project, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development’s TB CARE II project, organized “Improving the Quality of Care for Children with Drug-Resistant TB” in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The workshop was attended by a total of 35 participants, primarily pediatricians from public and private hospitals and medical colleges. Local and international experts presented on pediatric MDR TB, diagnostic and treatment challenges, strategies for ensuring treatment adherence, monitoring and infection control. A special session demonstrated the gastric aspirate, a technique used for obtaining sputum samples from very young patients.  Participants discussed and recommended priority actions for scaling up the availability of services for pediatric MDR TB patients in Bangladesh. The recommendations include establishing a working group to oversee the planning and implementation of pediatric MDR-TB activities and provide clinical guidance; the design and implementation of a pilot project on contact tracing including specimen collection and referral; conducting operational research to support policy and strategy formulations; and updating medical curricula to improve education on the management of childhood TB.


Poster On Second-Line MDR-TB Medications

September 15, 2013

We are pleased to share a recent poster presentation: “Administering Second-Line Antituberculous Medications to Children with Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Qualitative Study.” The poster was presented by Erica Lessem at the Clinical Pharmacology Workshop on New TB Drugs on September 9, 2013 in Denver Colorado. This poster presents results from a very small qualitative study of clinicians providing care to children with MDR-TB, and points to the need to improved pediatric formulations for second-line drugs.


Pediatric TB Course in Chennai, India

June 7, 2013

From June 17-19 2013, the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant TB sponsored a training workshop on “Improving the Quality of Care for Children with TB and Drug-Resistant TB” in Chennai, India. The workshop was attended by 48 participants, primarily pediatricians from the public, private, and university sector, including all states of India and Nepal. The course was well-received by participants and all participants were engaged actively in the program. There was lively discussion and debate on both clinical and policy issues. The summary report can be found here, and recommendations can be found here.


Publication of Proposed Research Definitions for Pediatric DR-TB

April 12, 2013

seddon paper thumbnailWe are delighted to announce and share a new resource emerging from our network’s collaboration, “Consensus Statement on Research Definitions for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Children.” The paper was published online in the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society yesterday and the full reference is below. It was written by a Sentinel Project Task Force led by James Seddon. The aim of this paper is to advance a consistent terminology for use in research that we hope will result in more comparable data about children with DR-TB which can lead to more efficient syntheses and collective learning.

We also want to thank Professors Anneke Hesseling and Simon Schaaf of Stellenbosch University who provided funds to cover the costs of making this article immediately ‘Open Access.’

Full reference: Seddon JA, Perez-Velez CM, Schaaf HS, Furin JJ, Marais BJ, Tebruegge M, Detjen A, Hesseling AC, Shah S, Adams LV, Starke JR, Swaminathan S, Becerra MC, on behalf of the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. Consensus statement on research definitions for drug-resistant tuberculosis in children. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, first published online April 10, 2013. doi:10.1093/jpids/pit012