Volume 99, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Pediatric tuberculosis (TB) represents a major barrier to reducing global TB mortality, especially in countries confronting dual TB and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemics. Our study aimed to characterize pediatric TB epidemiology in the high-burden setting of Harare, Zimbabwe, both to fill the current knowledge gap around the epidemiology of pediatric TB and to indicate areas for future research and interventions. We analyzed de-identified data of 1,051 pediatric TB cases (0–14 years) found among a total of 11,607 TB cases reported in Harare, Zimbabwe, during 2011–2012. We performed Pearson’s χ test and multivariate logistic regression analysis to characterize pediatric TB and to assess predictors of HIV coinfection. Pediatric TB cases accounted for 9.1% of all TB cases reported during 2011–2012. Approximately 50% of pediatric TB cases were children younger than 5 years. Almost 60% of the under-5 age group were male, whereas almost 60% of the 10–14 age group were female. The overall HIV coinfection rate was 58.3%. Odds for HIV coinfection was higher for the 5–9 age group (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]: 2.77, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.97–3.94), the 10–14 group (AOR: 3.57, 95% CI: 2.52–5.11), retreatment cases (AOR: 6.17, 95% CI: 2.13, 26.16), and pulmonary TB cases (AOR: 2.39, 95% CI: 1.52, 3.75). In conclusion, our study generated evidence that pediatric TB, compounded by HIV coinfection, significantly impacts children in high-burden settings. The findings of our study indicate a critical need for targeted interventions.


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  • Received : 11 Jan 2018
  • Accepted : 05 Jun 2018
  • Published online : 16 Jul 2018

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