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Emily blogs about what her team do to relax when they are not fighting tuberculosis in Uzbekistan. Please leave your questions and comments for Emily below her blog post. 

Emily blogs about what her team do to relax when they are not fighting tuberculosis in Uzbekistan. Please leave your questions and comments for Emily below her blog post

What is there to do for a TB patient when the current treatment is not enough to cure the disease, and he no longer wants to continue treatment? Emily Wise, a MSF doctor working on tuberculosis in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, talks about the frustrations of medical “lost causes” and refuses to give up hope. 
Please leave your comments and questions for Emily below her blog post.

What is there to do for a TB patient when the current treatment is not enough to cure the disease, and he no longer wants to continue treatment? 

Emily Wise, a MSF doctor working on tuberculosis in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, talks about the frustrations of medical “lost causes” and refuses to give up hope. 

Please leave your comments and questions for Emily below her blog post.

I take a couple of deeps breaths. I tell myself ‘everything will be okay’. What on Earth am I doing? And then I remember. Twice whilst I was in Uganda, the distinctive MSF Toyota land-cruiser, adorned with MSF flag and stickers and no weapons logos and giant radio antenna zoomed past me and I got butterflies in my tummy.
British doctor Emily Wise, on what it’s like preparing for her new MSF role in Uzbekistan. Please leave your comments and questions for Emily in the box below her post.

Uzbekistan: Tuberculosis Shows Resistance

In northwestern Uzbekistan, drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) are spreading while only one in 10 people with TB receives treatment. MSF has treated more than 2,000 people with drug-resistant TB in Uzbekistan over the last 10 years.

At an MSF clinic in Uzbekistan, a 19-year-old man on TB treatment has just learned he has a drug-resistant form of the disease that is untreatable. There is little research and development for new TB drugs—it is a disease of the poor—but more and better drugs are urgently needed. Photo: 2010 © Misha Friedman/MSF

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At an MSF clinic in Uzbekistan, a 19-year-old man on TB treatment has just learned he has a drug-resistant form of the disease that is untreatable. There is little research and development for new TB drugs—it is a disease of the poor—but more and better drugs are urgently needed.
Photo: 2010 © Misha Friedman/MSF

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Photographer and MSF field worker Misha Friedman visited MSF’s tuberculosis project in Nukus, western Uzbekistan, where he met patients with heartbreaking stories: a 19-year-old man whose year and a half of difficult treatment for multi drug-resistance TB (MDR-TB) did not work; a 16-year-old boy who has recovered but feels the stigma of having had TB; a young woman weighing 50 pounds, holding on to hope that her treatment will be effective.

Today is World Tuberculosis Day, learn more here.