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Tuberculosis: An Unchecked Killer of Women

Tuberculosis (TB), an airborne infectious disease, is the third leading cause of death for women worldwide. In 2009, there were 3.3 million cases of TB among women and 320,000 women died from TB in 2010. Despite TB's immense and unique impact on women, little attention is paid to the disease as a women's health issue. The global health community, policymakers, and women's advocates should recognize TB as a critical burden for women around the world, and work together to eliminate it as a major cause of sickness, death, and social marginalization.

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Children and TB

TB is one of the top ten killers of children worldwide. Each year half a million children develop TB and 70,000 die as a result. In 2010, some 10 million children were orphaned as a result of TB.

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ACTION Vaccine Fact Sheet

Vaccines save lives. Approximately 2.5 million lives per year, that is. Vaccines provide people lifelong protection against devastating illnesses and when distributed equitably, keep people from getting sick and falling into poverty. On top of all this, vaccines are cheap to administer! In the 1980s, there was a lot of momentum to provide vaccines to everyone around the world. But that momentum stagnated. More recently, an influx of new life-saving vaccines have become available—but people need to access them. Seeing a need for advocacy, in 2011 ACTION got involved. Since then, we’ve been working to influence governments around the world to provide the resources and leadership needed to make vaccinations available to everybody—especially the poor, who otherwise would have no access.

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Vaccine Preventable Deaths

7.6 million children under the age of five die every year, according to 2010 figures (WHO, 2011) Over two-thirds of these early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions. (WHO, 2011) Approximately 40% of child deaths occur in infants under one month old. (WHO, 2011) Children in low-income countries are nearly 18 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in high-income countries.

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