Gallery: Phumeza’s Story

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A young South African woman’s journey from XDR-TB treatment to activism

In 2013, 23-year-old Phumeza Tisile was still undergoing grueling treatment for drug-resistant TB. Appalled at the dismal options available to fight this deadly disease, Phumeza and her MSF doctor, Jennifer Hughes, were inspired to write the “Test Me, Treat Me” DR-TB Manifesto, and the MSF campaign around it was launched on World TB Day in 2013. This public declaration, made on behalf of all people with drug-resistant tuberculosis and their medical care providers, calls for urgent improvements in DR-TB diagnosis and care.