World TB day

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

Today is World TB day and a perfect moment to share the work I did for Doctors Without Borders again. I was fortunate enough to travel to Tajikistan with them and photograph their Children’s TB program.

The trip couldn’t have started better then with a small party in Dushanbe’s children’s hospital to celebrate Mijgona, the first fully cured MDR-TB patient (Multi Drug Resistant) since MSF started up the project there.

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© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

The long and hard process to get cured is extremely hard on the little ones. High doses of heavy medicines that have lots of side effects, make for a long road to recovery.

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© Wendy Marijnissen

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© Wendy Marijnissen

Take a moment if you will to sign the manifesto of Doctors without Borders, in support of DR-TB patients and medical care providers in demanding urgent changes from World Health leaders outlined in the Manifesto.

More of my images and stories from Tajikistan can be found online on my website and here on my blog.

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