Why Do More Afghan Women Have TB?

Generally, tuberculosis kills more men than women.
 
But the opposite is true in Afghanistan: Women make up 54% of TB cases vs. 38% globally. They also make up more devastating drug-resistant cases.
 
Deep-rooted gender inequality could be a driving force. Women are more confined to homes with poor ventilation and less likely to access health care. And stigma causes many women to hide their condition.
 
Yet these factors are not unique to Afghanistan. More targeted research is needed to understand the Afghan TB conundrum.
 
The New Humanitarian

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