Tuberculosis and gender
Globally men are significantly more at risk of contracting and dying from TB than women. In 2017 close to 6 million adult men contracted TB and around 840,000 died from it. This compares with an estimated 3.2 million adult women who fell ill and almost 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.