This study hypothesized that mass distribution of a broad-spectrum antibiotic agent to preschool children would reduce mortality in areas of sub-Saharan Africa that are currently far from meeting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Tuberculosis in children is increasingly recognised as an important component of the global tuberculosis burden, with an estimated 1 million cases in 2015. Although younger children are vulnerable to severe forms of tuberculosis disease, no age-disaggregated estimates of paediatric tuberculosis mortality exist, and tuberculosis has never been included in official estimates of under-5 child mortality. We aimed to produce a global mortality burden estimate in children using a complementary approach not dependent on vital registration data.
“A worldwide public-health disaster” was how The Lancet described the 10 million forgotten children who were dying each year in 2003. That devastating number of global deaths in children under 5 years was highlighted by The Lancet's first child survival Series, when the journal affirmed its long-term commitment to improving child health. Much progress has since been made, yet UNICEF's State of the World's Children 2016 report estimates that by 2030, 69 million children will still not reach the milestone of their fifth birthday.
This year’s Africa DATA Report focuses on a critical building block of development investment: health. Perhaps no other intervention is so critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Health and nutrition interventions save lives; they also help to achieve better educational outcomes, build a more productive workforce and drive economic gains. For Africa, a continent with a burgeoning youth population, there will need to be an increased focus on investing in human capital to drive greater development progress.
In an effort to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality, Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi will launch MomConnect, a cellphone based application to register all pregnant women in the country with the aim of assisting them throughout the period of pregnancy and child birth.
During the launch of MomConnect, the Minister of Health will also launch South Africa's countdown to 2015 to assess progress towards meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDG's).
Details Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:00am Eastern
Location FUZE Webinar
Presenter Dr. Thomas Joseph, TB/HIV and Community Engagement, World Health Organization
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2014;92:467-467A. doi:http://www.who.int/entity/bulletin/volumes/92/7/14-142398.pdf