Photo of the Week: Fourth XDR-TB Survivor

XDR-TB stands for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. Drugs for TB have not been improved in four decades; they cause terrible side effects and require the patient to take numerous pills every day for between six months to three years. 
 
But there is some hope on the horizon. For the first time in years, new drugs are being developed to treat TB. They represent great strides forward, but they can’t be used in isolation. TB is so powerful that you need a full cocktail of drugs to beat it. The only way to catch up to the new face of this old disease is to find new combinations of drugs that are simple, accessible and more tolerable  than current treatment and can be implemented rapidly in countries where drug-resistant TB is rife.