Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis and gender

Nepal/Kathmandu. Tibetan carpet weavers have high TB rates.
Nepal/Kathmandu. Tibetan carpet weavers have high TB rates.
WHO/TBP/Davenport

Globally men are significantly more at risk of contracting and dying from TB than women. In 2015 close to 6 million adult men contracted TB and just over one million died from it. This compares with an estimated 3.5 million adult women who fell ill and around half a million who died from TB. TB can however have particularly severe consequences for women, especially during their reproductive years and during pregnancy. Maternal and child health services present a strategic entry point for increasing access to TB services, for both women and their families.