The first new drug approved to treat tuberculosis (TB) since 1963 could result in shorter treatment with less side effects and the opportunity to treat more people. For people with drug-resistant TB, it could present a new lifeline.
After years of conflict, a large number of tuberculosis (TB) cases are now being diagnosed in Chechnya. Half are drug-resistant cases. To help ensure that patients adhere to treatment, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has set up a counseling program which is an integral part of the treatment.
In northwestern Uzbekistan, drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) are spreading while only one in 10 people with TB receives treatment. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated more than 2,000 people with drug-resistant TB in Uzbekistan over the last 10 years.
Her coffin had already been built when Rohatay TagsAbdullaeva learned she could get help in her native Uzbekistan. As World TB Day approaches, MSF celebrates her good health, but also remembers the huge number of people with TB who cannot get the help they need.