Peddtb: Pediatric Dose Dispenser for MDR-TB
Improving the efficiency & accuracy of pediatric MDR-TB treatment
Despite estimates that 2 million and 25,000 children become infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and develop active cases, respectively, each year, there are no child-friendly formulations of most MDR-TB medications.
Currently, health workers must cut adult medications by hand, which is inaccurate and inefficient.
To get to these health workers, sick children and their parents/guardians must travel to a health clinic every day for up to two years, often missing school and work.
These obstacles affect the efficiency and accuracy of treatment, deter compliance, and can be crippling to a family's finances. This unsustainable burden on children, their caregivers, and health workers is simply unacceptable.
PeDDTB is a tool that will streamline this process, freeing up health workers' time and enabling decentralization of treatment.