TB in Tajikistan

21 images Created 29 Oct 2013

In september 2013, I was on assignment for Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in Tajikistan.

In Tajikistan, the poorest country in Central Asia, MSF treats children with multi-resistant tuberculoses (MDR-TB), a life-threatening and very contagious disease. Treatment is strenuous and in the case of MDR-TB can last up to 2 years.
MSF tries to treat the patients at home as much as possible so they are not isolated in their hospital rooms for such a lengthy period of time.

In 2011, 630,000 cases of MDR-TB were diagnosed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) . With hardly 1 in 20 TB patients being tested for drug resistance, this is just a vague estimate of the actual number of patients..

In Dushanbe's children's hospital, MSF celebrated 18 year old Mijgona, their first fully cured patient from their TB program in Tajikistan.
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