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Title: Closing the loop in child TB contact management: completion of TB preventive therapy outcomes in western Kenya
Authors: Amisi, James
Carter, E Jane
Masini, Enos
Szkwarko, Daria
Keywords: Child TB
Issue Date: 4-Feb-2021
Publisher: BMI
Abstract: Setting Children especially those <5 years of age exposed to pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) are at a high risk of severe TB disease and death. Isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) has been shown to decrease disease progression by up to 90%. Kenya, a high TB burden country experiences numerous operational challenges that limit implementation of TB preventive services. IPT completion in child contacts is not routinely reported in Kenya. Objective This study aims to review the child contact management (CCM) cascade and present IPT outcomes across 10 clinics in western Kenya. Design A retrospective chart review of programmatic data of a TB Reach-funded active, clinic-based CCM strategy. Results Of 553 child contacts screened, 231 (42%) were reported symptomatic. 74 (13%) of the child contacts were diagnosed with active TB disease. Of those eligible for IPT, 427 (90%) initiated IPT according to TB REACH project data while 249 (58%) were recorded in the IPT register with 49 (11%) recorded as a transfer to other facilities. Of the 249 recorded in the IPT register, 205 (82%) were documented to complete therapy (48% of project initiation children). Conclusion Our evaluation shows gaps in the routine CCM care cascade related to completeness of documentation that require further programmatic monitoring and evaluation to improve CCM outcomes.
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