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A focus on women

 

Tuberculosis is one of the top killers of women worldwide. In 2014, TB killed some 1.5 million people (1.1 million HIV-negative and 0.4 million HIV-positive). The toll comprised 890 000 men, 480 000 women and 140 000 children.1

It is the poorest people from the poorest countries who are most affected by tuberculosis. Not only are they more vulnerable to the disease because of their living and working conditions, they are also plunged deeper into poverty as a consequence of tuberculosis. According to WHO, a person with TB loses, on average, 20-30% of annual household income due to illness. As a rule, women are more effected by this than men.

 

Equal opportunities

To Mukikute gender equality is obvious. This equality consists of a social order in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities and are able to both fully participate in all areas of life. Unfortunately this is not the case in our society. And for women with TB and/or HIV, the situation is even worse.

 

As Mukikute we try to balance this inequality by

  • Bringing women’s voices to the table in our networks and communities. How? By allocating and recommending women to hold positions of power.
  • Organizing adult education especially for women, for example English courses and arts classes.
  • Focussing on women in our Income Generating Activities.
  • Introducing community banking schemes as for example SACCOS micro financing, with a special focus on women.
  • Connecting the women in our communities to legal and human right services and networks.

 

1. Source: WHO, http://www.who.int/gho/tb/en/