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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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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World TB day is in just in few weeks time. Instead of celebrating zero TB deaths, someone is dying, many are sharing their depressing stories caused by TB. Happy world TB day? Oh no there’s simply nothing to be happy about. Just a year ago I wrote the TB manifesto, with the help of doctors [...]

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After two years of highly intensive treatment for extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), MSF patient and blogger Phumeza Tisile was diagnosed as clinically well (‘cured’) in August 2013. Staff and patients celebrated her good news. Read her final blog post here

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Today was the end of the long journey I have been through since 2010… it was worth it after all. It seems impossible until it’s done. It never occurred to me that I would ever be free. Many fellow patients have passed on, but as scary as it was seeing people die I decided to [...]

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