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World Tuberculosis Day: Calling Attention to TB in Pregnancy

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 24, 2017May 19, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The causes of maternal death are shifting: Non-obstetric causes—including HIV-related conditions, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and other pre-existing medical conditions—account for nearly a third of maternal deaths and a host of maternal newborn health complications. For example, the presence of TB during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum greatly increases the risk of premature birth, low birthweight, intrauterine growth retardation and perinatal death. Since women are most likely to develop TB during their reproductive years, drawing attention to TB in maternal and reproductive health research is critical.On World Tuberculosis Day, we call on the global reproductive and maternal health community to unite in our efforts to end TB and improve maternal newborn health around the world.  The Maternal Health Task Force has compiled key research and resources related to TB in pregnancy and beyond:ResearchGlobal forum for tuberculosis research PLOS | 2017Latent tuberculosis in pregnancy: A systematic review PLOS | 2016Tuberculosis in association with HIV/AIDS emerges as a major nonobstetric cause of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa Obstetrics & Gynaecology | 2010Tuberculosis in pregnancy BJOG | 2010Tuberculosis in pregnancy: An estimate of the global burden of disease The Lancet | 2014Tuberculosis in pregnant and postpartum women: Epidemiology, management, and research gaps Clinical Infectious Diseases | 2012The neglected global burden of tuberculosis in pregnancy Commentary | The Lancet | 2014Reports and publicationsGlobal Tuberculosis Report 2016 World Health Organization | 2016Ethics Guidance for the Implementation of the End TB Strategy World Health Organization | 2017Blog postsWhat to Do About Tuberculosis in Pregnancy Jhpiego | 2016What Tuberculosis Means for Maternal Health UN | 2015Join the conversation on social media using #WorldTBDay #UniteToEndTB—Have you conducted research related to indirect causes affecting maternal health? Submit to the MHTF-PLOS Collection by 1 April 2017!Share this:last_img read more