VoICE Immunization Evidence: Poverty
Vaccine-preventable diseases that have long-term health consequences can exacerbate financial hardships.
Key Evidence: Among families participating in a study in Western Cape, South Africa, 35% of mothers who were previously employed stopped working to care for children who had survived tuberculosis meningitis resulting in permanent disabilities. 19% of families reported experiencing financial loss as a result of caring for these disabled children.
Krauss-Mars, A.H., and Lachman, P.I. 1992. Social factors associated with tuberculosis meningitis. South African Medical Journal. 81(1):16-9.