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Organization Contact Information

Name: Baylor College of Medicine Global Childhood TB Program
Street 1: 1102 Bates FC 630
Street 2:
City: Houston
Province: Texas
Post Code: 77030
Country: United States of America
Phone: 832-822-1038
Email: TheGlobalTBProgram@gmail.com
Web Site: http://globalhealth.texaschildrens.org/Initiatives/Tuberculosis/Global-Tuberculosis-Program/Program-Overview/

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Anna
Last Name: Mandalakas
Title: Director, Global Tuberculosis Program
Email: anna.mandalakas@bcm.edu
Phone: 832-822-6730

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mrs.
First Name: Katherine
Last Name: Ngo
Title: Project Manager
Email: katherine.ngo@bcm.edu
Phone: 832-824-0612

General Information

Board Constituency: Technical agencies
Organization Type - Primary: Academic / Research Institution
Organization Type - Secondary: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
The Global Childhood TB Program began in 2011 with the recruitment of world renown pediatric TB expert Dr. Anna Mandalakas to Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. As Director of the Global Childhood TB program, Dr. Mandalakas was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to perform an expert review of the diagnostic tool, geneXpert to inform policy making on childhood TB diagnostics.

The mission of The Global Tuberculosis (TB) Program is well aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) Millenium Development Goals and uses the tools of research, education, and advocacy to prevent, diagnose, and treat tuberculosis in children. The long-term goal of our program is the establishment of a network of Childhood Tuberculosis Centers of Excellence built upon Texas Children’s existing clinical infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our Global Childhood TB Program team works in four inter-related areas including disease prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and immunology. These program domains are built upon a data collection core and complemented by rigorous epidemiological and operational research.

The Global Childhood TB Program uses partnerships with other members of the Baylor College of Medicine family and collaborators at other institutions to develop effective, sustainable, standardized methods of diagnosing tuberculosis in children and is attempting to identify biomarkers correlating with progression from tuberculosis infection to disease, as well as standardizing screening processes to better characterize epidemiological risk factors for tuberculosis.

 
Total number of staff in your organization: 6 - 10
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? Unable to disclose amount
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:
The Global Childhood TB Program supports TB activities within the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) http://www.bipai.org/ in Romania, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Other activities include Stop TB Partnership funded TB REACH projects involving intensified case finding in Lesotho, Swaziland, Sierra Leone; Childhood TB/HIV training for clinicians and National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) managers; implementation science; and translational and operational research
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United States of America
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: Global
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Botswana
Lesotho
Malawi
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Romania
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Swaziland
Uganda
United Republic of Tanzania

Specializations

Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Delivery of health services and care Botswana
Delivery of health services and care Lesotho
Delivery of health services and care Malawi
Delivery of health services and care Romania
Delivery of health services and care Swaziland
Delivery of health services and care Uganda
Delivery of health services and care United Republic of Tanzania

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:
The Global Childhood TB Program uses partnerships with other members of the Baylor College of Medicine family and collaborators at other institutions to develop effective, sustainable, standardized methods of diagnosing tuberculosis in children and is attempting to identify biomarkers correlating with progression from tuberculosis infection to disease, as well as standardizing screening processes to better characterize epidemiological risk factors for tuberculosis.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: May 19, 2014
Last updated: July 15, 2014