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Though the global death rate from tuberculosis (TB) dropped more than 40 percent in in the years between 1990 and 2011, there are still crucial gaps in coverage and severe shortcomings when it comes to diagnostics and care options. Furthermore, we are currently seeing an alarming rise in cases of drug-resistant and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB and MDR-TB) that do not respond to the customary first-line drugs. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been fighting TB for over 30 years and provides treatment for the disease in many different contexts, from chronic conflict situations, such as Sudan, to vulnerable patients in stable settings such as Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation. Go to doctorswithoutborders.org to learn more.

Though the global death rate from tuberculosis (TB) dropped more than 40 percent in in the years between 1990 and 2011, there are still crucial gaps in coverage and severe shortcomings when it comes to diagnostics and care options. Furthermore, we are currently seeing an alarming rise in cases of drug-resistant and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB and MDR-TB) that do not respond to the customary first-line drugs. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been fighting TB for over 30 years and provides treatment for the disease in many different contexts, from chronic conflict situations, such as Sudan, to vulnerable patients in stable settings such as Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation. Go to doctorswithoutborders.org to learn more.

Phumeza is advocating for better diagnosis & treatment for people with drug-resistant TB in every part of the world. Sign her manifesto today and support the cause: https://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto We’ll deliver the petition at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva!

Phumeza is advocating for better diagnosis & treatment for people with drug-resistant TB in every part of the world. Sign her manifesto today and support the cause: https://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto We’ll deliver the petition at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva!

If you agree that current drug-resistant TB treatment is unacceptable, sign our DR-TB Manifesto petition today: https://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/! We’re calling for urgent action to improve treatments and prioritize the fight against DR-TB. We’ll deliver the petition at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva!

If you agree that current drug-resistant TB treatment is unacceptable, sign our DR-TB Manifesto petition today: https://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/! We’re calling for urgent action to improve treatments and prioritize the fight against DR-TB. We’ll deliver the petition at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva!

"I didn’t want to be another statistic of TB." Phumeza endured incredibly arduous treatment for her extensively drug-resistant TB. Now she is asking for better care for all TB patients. Sign the TB Manifesto:http://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith

"I didn’t want to be another statistic of TB." Phumeza endured incredibly arduous treatment for her extensively drug-resistant TB. Now she is asking for better care for all TB patients. Sign the TB Manifesto:http://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/
Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith

With new, better drugs for his multidrug-resistant TB, Vardan is now able to be with his family instead of in and out of the hospital. “I am young. I am 60 years old. I am still useful to my community.” http://bit.ly/1if7CYg

Photo by Sven Torfinn
Swaziland is in the middle of a medical crisis. The highest HIV prevalence in the world and the emergence of drug-resistant TB threaten to have a disastrous effect on the social and economic situation there. 
Millions of people in developing countries are still waiting for the AIDS revolution. Join us for a Twitter chat on how millions of people are still waiting for the AIDS revolution: Friday, Dec. 6, 11am EST/5pm CET @MSF_SouthAfrica

Photo by Sven Torfinn

Swaziland is in the middle of a medical crisis. The highest HIV prevalence in the world and the emergence of drug-resistant TB threaten to have a disastrous effect on the social and economic situation there.

Millions of people in developing countries are still waiting for the AIDS revolution. Join us for a Twitter chat on how millions of people are still waiting for the AIDS revolution: Friday, Dec. 6, 11am EST/5pm CET @MSF_SouthAfrica

MSF is calling for better, safer treatment for drug-resistant TB - this is a major reason why. Read more: http://bit.ly/1gcE3r5

MSF is calling for better, safer treatment for drug-resistant TB - this is a major reason why. Read more: http://bit.ly/1gcE3r5

Photo by Wendy Marijnissen
More than anything, 16-yr-old Shahmosa wants to go back to school and be a “normal” girl again. But she has extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis.  http://bit.ly/1h0VGeI 

Photo by Wendy Marijnissen

More than anything, 16-yr-old Shahmosa wants to go back to school and be a “normal” girl again. But she has extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis.  http://bit.ly/1h0VGeI 

Should going deaf be the price you pay to recover from drug-resistant TB? We need better treatment now! http://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/

Should going deaf be the price you pay to recover from drug-resistant TB? We need better treatment now! http://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/

Photo by Wendy Marijnissen
A year ago, 4-year-old Orion had TB meningitis and lay in a coma. “No one thought he would survive,” said MSF doctor Ionna Haziri. “But he’s getting better, a little bit every day.”http://bit.ly/HuU8t5 

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A year ago, 4-year-old Orion had TB meningitis and lay in a coma. “No one thought he would survive,” said MSF doctor Ionna Haziri. “But he’s getting better, a little bit every day.”http://bit.ly/HuU8t5 

How many pills does a multi-drug resistant TB patient have to swallow? We need better treatment for TB now! http://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/

Photo by Wendy Marijnissen
18-year-old Mijgona, right, is the first fully-cured multi-drug-resistant TB patient in MSF’s project in Tajikistan. “The difference couldn’t be greater,” said her mother, at left. “She was very ill, she was a different person then.” http://bit.ly/HuUAaC 

Photo by Wendy Marijnissen

18-year-old Mijgona, right, is the first fully-cured multi-drug-resistant TB patient in MSF’s project in Tajikistan. “The difference couldn’t be greater,” said her mother, at left. “She was very ill, she was a different person then.” http://bit.ly/HuUAaC 

By the end of multi-drug TB resistant treatment, you will have taken 14,600 pills and 240 injections. We need better treatment for TB now. http://www.msfaccess.org/TBmanifesto/

Photo by Ron Haviv/VII Photo
The new Childhood TB Roadmap could help reverse years of neglect:http://bit.ly/1eWUFT0 

Photo by Ron Haviv/VII Photo

The new Childhood TB Roadmap could help reverse years of neglect:http://bit.ly/1eWUFT0 

Fasting in solidarity: an MSF psychologist working with child TB patients in Tajikistan describes her first Ramadan fast. Read more
Photo by Terry Porsild/MSF

Fasting in solidarity: an MSF psychologist working with child TB patients in Tajikistan describes her first Ramadan fast. Read more

Photo by Terry Porsild/MSF