As part of the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, a photo exhibition ‘Silent Epidemic: a call to action against child tuberculosis’ is on display all week at The Hague City Hall. It tells the stories of the children and their families in Benin and Uganda, where Union projects are trying to find new ways to beat child tuberculosis (TB).
One million children under the age of 15 become sick with TB and 239,000 – nearly one in four – die every year. Yet TB is a treatable and curable disease and children who receive standard treatment for the disease rarely die.
Union photographers met with families in their homes and while attending clinics with community workers, healthcare teams and Union staff.
In Benin, The Union’s TITI Study identified children at increased risk of TB and placed them on treatment.
In Uganda, DETECT Child TB works with partners to empower frontline health workers to provide TB screening meaning diagnosis happens in village health centres, rather than central hospitals, catching the disease earlier and lessening burden on hospitals.
Visit the exhibition at Atrium City Hall The Hague, Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag, Netherlands, until Saturday 27 October.
Read The Union’s report on the ‘Silent Epidemic’ of child TB.