Long road to recovery

Recently I went on assignment for Médecins sans Frontières in Tajikistan where I’ve photographed their Multi-resistant tuberculoses program

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.


© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

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.

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen



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.

Included in the series are images of a party held for Mijgona, the first fully cured patient since MSF started their work in Tajikistan, a sputum induction on a 2 year old baby as well as a follow-up of a patient Shahnoza, who was photographed last year by VII photographer Ron Haviv.  You will see how very much improved she is after she started treatment and since he visited her. 

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

You can see more of my work online on the MSF website or on my personal website

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