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Operational challenges in managing Isoniazid Preventive Therapy in child contacts: A high-burden setting perspective

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Author(s): van Wyk Susan | Reid Anthony | Mandalakas Anna | Enarson Donald | Beyers Nulda | Morrison Julie | Hesseling Anneke

Journal: BMC Public Health
ISSN 1471-2458

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 544;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract Background The study was conducted at a high TB-HIV burden primary health community clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. We describe the management of children under five years of age in household contact with a smear and/or culture-positive adult TB case. Methods This study was a record review of routinely-collected programme data. Results A total of 1094 adult TB case folders were reviewed. From all identified contacts, 149 children should have received IPT based on local guidelines; in only 2/149 IPT was initiated. Management of child contacts of sputum smear and/or culture-positive compared to sputum-negative TB patients were similar. Conclusions IPT delivery to children remains an operational challenge, especially in high TB-HIV burden communities. A tool to improve IPT management and targeting sputum smear and/or culture-positive TB child contacts may overcome some of these challenges and should be developed and piloted in such settings.

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