Patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have to take a fistful of pills and injections daily for up to two years. Side effects of these toxic drugs can include permanent deafness, nausea and vomiting, blindness, and psychosis. After decades without any new TB drugs, two powerful, less toxic medicines were finally released five years ago. But most patients can't get access to them. This needs to change.
Winile is a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patient with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Swaziland, and one of the many who have lost their hearing due to the toxicity of available MDR-TB drugs. Through an MSF program in Swaziland, she has learned sign language so she can continue to communicate.