APPG on Global TB Breakfast Reception
Women, Communities and Tuberculosis
15th December, 9:15 – 11am, Westminster
Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served at the reception.
Images from Target TB’s ‘Hope: Stories from India’ will be on display and
materials highlighting this important issue will be available.
At around 9:30 attendees will hear from speakers including:
Grace Mukasa, Chief Executive of AMREF UK
Dr Antima Gupta, Fellow, UNESCO-L’Oreal For Women in Science
Programme 2010, Birkbeck, University of London
Andrew Jack, Financial Times journalist – invited
Nichola Cadge, Health Advisor, DFID
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About TB and Women:
TB is a major cause of death among women in the developing world and particularly women of childbearing age. TB infection places pregnant women and their babies at a far greater risk. Sick mothers are more likely to pass on the disease to their children and when a woman becomes too sick to look her children, they are often forced to leave school to care for her.
Women also face greater barriers than men in accessing TB services. The stigma surrounding tuberculosis means that many women are unable or unwilling to seek treatment. If a wife discloses that she has TB she is often forced by her husband to leave the family home. Reduced access to economic resources and education also mean that women in many low income countries are less able to access TB screening and treatment.