The WHO-ISR-WFPI World TB Day 2022 Scientific Symposium: Updated WHO Guidelines on the Management of Tuberculosis in Children and Adolescents: The Role of Chest Radiography, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ISR along with the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) on 24 March, was a great success.
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ABOUT THE EVENT
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Society of Radiology along with the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) co-hosted a webinar on World TB Day to mark the release of updated WHO guidance on the management of tuberculosis (TB) in children and adolescents. The new WHO guidelines include recommendations that span the TB cascade of care, from diagnostic approaches to treatment of both drug susceptible and drug resistant TB, to models of care to optimise TB prevention and case detection efforts. The new recommendations provide an opportunity to significantly improve the care provided to children, adolescents and families affected by TB.
TB remains one of the top infectious killers in the world, it can affect everyone, but children and young adolescents (aged 0-14 years included) are particularly vulnerable. They accounted for 11% of the 10 million people who fell ill with TB in 2020 and sadly over a quarter of a million children died. Detecting TB in children can be challenging due to symptoms that overlap with other childhood illnesses and difficulties in confirming a diagnosis due to the paucibacillary nature of TB disease, especially in young children.
This World TB Day brought together a panel of paediatricians, clinicians, radiologists, radiographers, TB affected communities, policy makers and programme implementers to raise awareness about TB in children and adolescents. The new WHO recommendations on the management of TB in children and adolescents, with a special focus on the role of radiology to diagnose and treat TB in children, were discussed. This webinar is special interest and relevance to an audience who are involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB in children and who want to better understand the role of radiology in these efforts.
The ISR collaborates with the WHO as an NGO in official relations, to facilitate the global endeavors to improve patient care and population health through medical imaging. During the joint ISR-WHO World Tuberculosis Day 2021 symposium, the WHO presented its updated guidelines for TB screening, which now include recommendations on the use of chest radiography and computer-aided detection (CAD) systems.
The WFPI is another important cooperation partner of the ISR. To intensify cooperation in pediatric imaging, the two organizations have recently signed a collaboration agreement.