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World TB Day 2014

World TB Day 2014

Getting more people to sign the TB manifesto means there will be less pain for people who have DR-TB.

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7 days left

7 days left

"I have only 7 days left of my 24-month treatment and am so happy!" Countdown with Ingrid to the end of her TB treatment.

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Continuation of the Fight Against Normal, MDR and XDR TB

Continuation of the Fight Against Normal, MDR and XDR TB

If things remain the same, more deaths will occur, as it did to my twin sister Xoliswa Joni who was also an XDR TB patient.

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Andile Ndomile

I am 31 years old and I live in Cape Town, South Africa.I have been on TB treatment since 2012.
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Sonwabile Ntlantsane

I am 19 years old and live in Cape Town. I had to stop my studies when diagnosed with MDR-TB.
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Zolelwa Sifumba

Zolelwa is a 22-year old medical student in Cape Town. She was diagnosed with MDR-TB in November 2012.
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Ingrid Oxley Oxland

I am 28 years old and from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I was working as a dietitian in public sector when I got sick.
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Xolelwa Joni

I am Xolelwa Joni, a former XDR patient. My twin sister Xoliswa Joni passed away in January 2014 from XDR.
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Elisha Tshuma

Husband and father of four Elisha lives in a remote area of Zimbabwe. He was first diagnosed with TB in 2007 and is determined to beat the disease.
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Gibson Chijaka

Gibson Chijaka

Gibson (16) was diagnosed with TB when he was 14 years old after many months of continuous coughing. He won’t return to school until March 2014 when his treatment finishes.
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Phumeza Tisile

Phumeza (22) was diagnosed with XDR TB in June 2010. She had to suspend her studies at the Cape Town technical college to be admitted to hospital…
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Hosyat

Hosyat is a 26-year-old mother of two from Uzbekistan. She is currently being treated for MDR-TB.
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Mukhtar Kamchibekov

Mukhtar Kamchibekov is from Kyrgzstan and has just completed treated by MSF for MDR-TB. You can also read his blog in Russian.
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Ko Min Naing Oo

Ko Min Naing Oo is a 37-year-old father in Yangon, Myanmar. He recently completed treatment for MDR-TB yet chooses to keep TB in his life by supporting current DR-TB patients.
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Mildred Fernando-Pancho

Mildred is from the Philippines and has recently recovered from XDR TB. She tells her story here.
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Lucky

Lucky

Lucky is 28 years old and was diagnosed with XDR TB in June 2011; she is HIV negative and never had TB before. She is an NHS patient in the United Kingdom.
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Christiaan Van Vuuren

In December 2009 I was diagnosed with TB. The Doctors suggested that it was likely that I picked it up when I was travelling in South Africa…
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Jabulile Sithole

38 year old woman in Emakhweleni, a small community in the Shiselweni Region of Swaziland. She began MDR-TB treatment in November 2010.
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Giblotte Nodjindo

Giblotte sadly died in July 2012 after losing her brave fight against MDR-TB. She was from Central African Republic and blogged in French.
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Zanele Mavuso

Mother of five in the Shiselweni Region of Swaziland. She began MDR-TB treatment in February 2011. Her daughter, Colisile, is also blogging.
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Churchill Opera

Opera Churchill is a 34 year old and has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. He is currently being treated by MSF in Kitgum, Uganda.
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Athong

Athong lives in Manipur, India. He was diagnosed with TB in 2005 and MDR TB in 2010. He is a driver but had to quit his job when his health deteriorated.
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Mariam Davtyan

Mariam Davtyan (21) lives in Armenia was diagnosed with MDR TB in 2009. Her blog is also published in Russian here.
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Grace Lamwaka

Grace Lamwaka has had to suspend her agriculture studies in Kitgum, Uganda because she is currently being treated…
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Colisile Lushaba

A 25 year old from Swaziland, Colisile began her MDR-TB treatment In January 2011. Her mother, Zanele, is also blogging.
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Madan Mishra

Madan is 36 and from Mumbai, India. He has been on treatment for MDR-TB for 9 months and for HIV for 3 years and 4 months..
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Well we all have different beliefs and religion. When it comes to healing, many patients become desperate and see options that are available out there. Well while I was in Brooklyn Chest Hospital there were other patients who chose “muthi” – traditional ‘remedies’ – over medicine, now choosing a 1,5 litre bottle with brownish greenish [...]

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It’s been 15 months into MDR treatment but it feels like I’ve just started yesterday. The side effects are still there and the journey still seems very long although there are only a few months left till I get discharged. The medication still plays the same tricks as it was at the start, but now [...]

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Isn’t it disturbing when you see your friends whom you went to University with finally getting their life together? I’m sitting here and not even close to what they’ve achieved so far. Wouldn’t it even be nice if when one is diagnosed with DR-TB, you take treatment as if you’ve caught flu, and u’ll be [...]

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I wake up in the morning feeling not well, then I take the oxygen and feel better than before. Then I drink my medication and I get tired and I take rest from nine o clock till eleven o clock. At one o clock I eat my lunch, then I go and take my bottle [...]

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Spending almost ten years being a tuberculosis patient made March 24 more meaningful to me. It is World TB Day. For cured patients like me, it is a good time to look back and reflect on how tuberculosis has transformed my life. Twelve years ago, I was first diagnosed to have tuberculosis. This coming May [...]

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