Gender Differences among Defaulted Tuberculosis Patients Registered for Treatment under RNTCP in Mysore TB Unit

Vinod Bhute, Mansoor Ahmed, N Vadiraja


Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health problem. There were 9.0 million new TB cases in 2013 and 1.5 million TB deaths. TB ranks as the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease worldwide. Though most TB cases and deaths occur among men, the burden of disease among women is also high. In 2013, there were an estimated 3.3 million cases and 510,000 TB deaths among women.1 As TB affects women mainly in their economic and reproductively active years, the impact of the disease is also strongly felt by children and family. While women may have to negotiate more barriers in seeking treatment for TB, they tend to be more compliant than men in taking it. (Page 1: World Health Organization. Gender and tuberculosis control: Towards a strategy for research and action. WHO/CDS/TB/2000.280).

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