TB and Malnutrition act in concert 

TB looks like malnutrition and makes malnutrition worse

TB patients resemble malnourished people & TB is overlooked 1

  • 12-30% of children with malnutrition in high risk areas may have TB 2

  • Treating underlying TB improves weight gain

More wasting due to combined malnutrition and TB leads to more deaths.

Giving patients nutritional support improves TB 3

  • Children are at a high energy state, and will need more nutrition when suffering from TB

Malnutrition puts children at risk for TB & makes TB worse