A growing body of evidence shows that women's health is a good indicator of economic development in a country: when women are healthy, economies tend to be healthy. If businesses want the economy around them to thrive, they should invest in women's health and support prevention and treatment programs for diseases and conditions that impact women adversely.
Important among these diseases is tuberculosis (TB), a leading infectious killer of women worldwide. TB is the third leading cause of death worldwide among women aged 15-44, following only HIV/AIDS and maternal conditions. In 2008, one in five women infected with TB died. This accounts for about 17 million Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) in women every year.