Last week, 23-year-old South African Phumeza Tisile, who survived one of the worst forms of drug-resistant TB, traveled from Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, all the way to Geneva, Switzerland, for the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA), where the next 20-year global plan to control TB was discussed and ratified by Ministers of Health from around the world.
Phumeza’s long and tireless journey to help make drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) a global priority began in 2013, when she co-authored the “Test Me, Treat Me” DR-TB Manifesto. An urgent call for change in the way this growing epidemic is addressed, the DR-TB Manifesto attracted 55,000 supporters from all over the world. Through a series of speeches and events, Phumeza brought the demands of patients and caregivers directly to global health decision makers. Here are a few photos from her week.