Looking at Tuberculosis through Gender Glasses
Tuberculosis (TB) in 2015 was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, ranking above HIV/AIDS as one of the leading causes of death from an infectious disease. TB is generally perceived more a “disease of men than of women”. Differential access to care, health-seeking behavior and stigmatization are some of key factors to consider when analyzing tuberculosis from gender lens. Cultural and financial aspects also influence women seeking care resulting in delayed presentation and more severe illness. Studying TB through a gender glasses allows us a better understanding of the dynamics of the disease, underlying causes of disparities, and to explore the role of biological or social-cultural factors. It provides an opportunity to tackle inequities and target interventions to contribute towards ending TB.
Speakers: Silvia Kelbert, Jhpiego; Anne Detjen, UNICEF; David Bryden, RESULTS