Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

3. Tuberculosis control

Jim Yong Kim, Aaron Shakow, Arachu Castro, Chris Vande, Paul Farmer


The burden of tuberculosis: Economic burden (1)

TB halts work in the formal and informal economies:

  • 3-4 months work time lost annually
  • lost earnings of 20 to 30% of household income
  • families of persons who die from the disease lose about 15 years of income.

TB halts work in the formal and informal economies, as well as within households. Country studies document between three and four months work time lost annually to the disease, and lost earnings of 20 to 30% of household income. Families of persons who die from the disease lose about 15 years of income. As economic difficulties put pressure on state health budgets, the social cost of this lost productivity is compounded.

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