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Organization Contact Information

Name: Children International
Street 1: 2000 E Red Bridge Road
Street 2:
City: Kansas City
Province: Missouri
Post Code: 64131
Country: United States of America
Phone: 8169422000
Email: children@children.org
Web Site: http://www.children.org

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs.
First Name: Andrea
Last Name: Dunne-Sosa
Title: Program Officer, Health and Nutrition
Email: adunne@children.org
Phone: 816-493-4997

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs.
First Name: Kathy
Last Name: Phelps
Title: Program Director
Email: kphelps@children.org
Phone:  

General Information

Board Constituency: Developed Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
Children International’s mission is to bring real and lasting change to children living in poverty. In partnership with contributors, we reduce their daily struggles, invest in their potential, and provide them with the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.

Children International provides direct patient support to adult and pediatric patients while on TB DOTS treatment, as well as promotes TB prevention and awareness activities through TB education activities at the community level.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? $25,000-$100,000
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Children International is providing patient support in Kolkata, India and in 3 regions in the Philippines. Treatment is being coordinated with the local government units, and volunteers are recognized as treatment partners by these government units. Children International continues to share information with at risk communities regarding the availability of services.

Additionally, Children International identifies possible pediatric TB patients through annual health exams at its medical clinics. Suspected cases are referred to government clinics for evaluation for TB. Contacts of suspected and confirmed cases are also encouraged to seek TB evaluation services from the government program. Volunteers follow-up with suspected cases to encourage them to seek evaluation and any necessary treatment.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United States of America
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: Western Pacific
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Chile
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
United States of America
Zambia

Specializations

Advocacy
Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care

Specializations in Countries

Advocacy India
Advocacy Philippines
Delivery of health services and care India
Delivery of health services and care Philippines

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Children International’s (CI) Tuberculosis treatment and care program combats the disease through case finding and referral of symptomatic patients among sponsored children and youth and their family members at CI health clinics. In conjunction with local government health units, suspected cases are referred to local government clinics and provided the full course of treatment, using the directly observed therapy, short-course (DOTS) approach. If a child is diagnosed with Tuberculosis, Children International strongly encourages all symptomatic to family members to be tested for TB as well.

To support the DOTS approach, CI community volunteers, or “treatment partners”, are trained to directly supervise the intake of TB medications of enrolled patients. In addition to close monitoring of patients’ medication intake and rapid follow-up for those who miss treatment, these volunteers facilitate the transfer of accurate TB knowledge within the community.

In 2010, agencies signed 6 Memoranda of Agreements with LGUs to coordinate TB patient care in CI’s areas of operation. Through these agreements, a corps of Barrangay Health Workers and CI volunteer treatment partners supported full course treatment to CI sponsored children, youth and family members. This partnership, new in 2010, has allowed the program to enhance training for volunteer Treatment Partners, and facilitates a smoother process for patients through the course of screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Children International is actively seeking additional resources to enhance its existing TB education programming. Children International hopes to mainstream TB education by integrating it with CI's existing youth development and life skills programs.


Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: December 8, 2009
Last updated: June 16, 2014