For people living with drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), the road to recovery can be long, painful, and lonely. Patients can spend months or years ﬁghting the disease, enduring daily injections and swallowing thousands of pills. Though new drugs to treat TB oﬀer some hope, they are still priced out of reach for many of the patients who need them most. Activists—including members of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its Access Campaign—aim to change that.
Some of the most effective advocates for changes to the way TB is treated are the people currently battling it. To this end, in 2019 MSF convened training workshops for "TB Leaders" in South Africa, which has particularly high rates of the disease.