TB burdens women, mothers, and newborns

TB is a leading infectious cause of death in women

  • TB causes 6-15% of all maternal mortality 1

  • HIV and TB co-infected women are twice as likely to die than HIV-infected women without TB 2

  • An HIV infected pregnant women with TB is more likely to transmit HIV to her newborn (than a mother who does not have TB) 3

Pregnant women with TB can transmit TB to their babies

  • Newborns of mothers with TB are more likely to be of low birth weight or premature

  • TB in a newborn at birth (congenital TB) has a very high mortality rate

  • Babies born to HIV & TB co-infected women are more likely to die than babies of HIV infected women without TB 3