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Women Deliver is an international conference that is renowned for uniting people and organisations from all over the world. The conference aims to find innovative and collaborative solutions to issues that affect women and girls.

This year, we will be attending Women Deliver in Vancouver from 3 – 6 June to raise awareness of how neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect women and girls.

We will be running an exhibition booth, highlighting how NTD interventions can improve the lives of women and girls in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities.

And, on 2 June, we will be hosting a quiz about NTDs, as well as hosting a session during the conference that will focus on [xxx], featuring guest speakers such as [Mwele? First Lady of Burkina Faso?]. You can register for both of our events via the links below.

How NTDs can affect women and girls

We know that NTDs trap people in cycles of poverty and can have devastating effects on the lives of both women and men. There are ways, however, that NTDs disproportionately affect women and girls that too often go underreported.

In some cases, physiological factors make women and girls more vulnerable. We see this with female genital schistosomiasis – a condition that can increase a woman’s risk of contracting HIV – and with intestinal worms, which can increase the chance of anaemia in pregnant women.

Social and cultural factors often increase women and girl’s risk of contracting an NTD. Water based domestic activities, for example, increase risks of diseases such as schistosomiasis, and child care and caregiving can increase the risk of trachoma. In fact, research has shown that women account for 80% of disability adjusted life years linked to trachoma-related blindness.

There is still a social stigma, and the potential for social ostracization, for people living with NTDs. Again, this is something that threatens both women and men, but women are particularly vulnerable.

80% of disability adjusted life years linked to trachoma related blindness is suffered by women 02 stat 2 with input from Gender Equity Group

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