Seminar | Pediatric Tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa: Observations from Uganda and South Africa


Dr. Leonardo Martinez is the first recipient of the Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture Prize and will be coming to LSHTM for the Memorial Lecture on 23 March. Dr Martinez will present his work during a seminar on 21 March.

Tuberculosis is a leading cause of global childhood mortality however epidemiological knowledge of pediatric tuberculosis lags far behind that of adult tuberculosis. As a consequence, pragmatic approaches to guide case-finding and prevention strategies for young children in high-burden settings are lacking. This presentation describes two recent prospective cohort studies from sub-Saharan Africa on pediatric tuberculosis. The first, a birth cohort study outside Cape Town, aimed to prospectively evaluate the burden of tuberculin conversion and primary progressive disease in the first five years of life in a setting with hyperendemic rates of HIV and tuberculosis. The second, a household contact study in Kampala, Uganda, evaluated the World Health Organization’s pragmatic symptom-based approach to maximize tuberculosis case detection in children exposed to tuberculosis in their household


Speaker: Leonardo Martinez, Stanford University School of Medicine

Date: 20 March 2018

Time: 12:45 – 14:00

Venue: TBC

More information

For further information, or any queries, please contact Marek on