Fighting drug-resistant TB in Swaziland

 

"This is a story that I feel will never get out of my mind, we gave back life and hope to a patient who had totally lost hope because of the deafness she experienced," says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) laboratory technician, Sellah, describing working on the Manzini project. Despite not being a conflict zone, Swaziland is enduring its own medical emergency. Swaziland has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) and Multi-Drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) worldwide while 80 percent of people in Swaziland who contract TB are HIV positive. One of the side effects of the MDR-TB treatment is partial or full deafness. MSF is working with patients, staff, and the community to learn sign language so patients can communicate with their families and colleagues.