Tuberculosis

Updated 03 April 2017

WATCH: South African teenager shares her battle against TB

This video tells the story of Sinethemba Kuse, a 17-year-old student battling with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

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Around 32,000 children are infected with MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant tuberculosis) every year.

In addition to battling the health impacts of this airborne disease, teenagers are forced to cope with the stigma attached to TB, as well as balancing their school work on top of all of this.

This video tells the story of Sinethemba Kuse, a 17-year-old student and XDR-TB patient living in Khayelitsha. It documents her diagnosis, treatment and survival of one of the hardest-to-cure strains of tuberculosis with the help of her grandmother, TB councillors, friends and doctors. It culminates in a celebration of her survival for World TB Day through collaborative artwork made out of word stamps related to this disease, which is the biggest killers in South Africa today.

“Often the adolescents are very motivated and are really brave in taking their treatment, a lot braver than us adults.,” says Dr Anja Reuter from Doctors Without Borders. Follow Sinethemba’s story to understand why.

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