Marta is receiving bedaquilin and impenem for her extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Yerevan, Armenia. These are not new drugs but they are newly available in Armenia and can make treatment more effective. But, says TB doctor Hakob Atsheyan, "you can say this is a last chance."
Broyan, an inmate at Yerevan prison in Armenia, takes 13 pills and gets two injections every day for his extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). "I am optimistic because I can feel the difference," he says. "I think I will be cured."
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated nearly 30,000 TB patients in 2013 in 90 projects around the world.
Seventeen-year-old Tatev has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and takes 14 pills every day. The arduous treatment for MDR-TB is psychologically difficult for everyone, but it can be especially hard for someone Tatev's age. In addition to medical treatment, MSF provides her with emotional counseling. "I've forced myself to believe the treatment will work, and that I'll get rid of TB," she says. "That's my dream."