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10 hours ago

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"Zolelwa getting TB made me feel hopeless and very scared that she would not return to medical school. It made me fearful and made me doubt God. I was discouraged and asking why my baby got the illness.
I was in distress because there was nothing I could do about it. It also made me pray for her healing and made me trust in Gods power"- Mother of Zolelwa Sifumba, TB survivor. #itstime #endtb #tbproof #tb #tbproof
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11 hours ago

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#ItsTime for infection control measures to be implemented at our work places- Goodman Cyee Makanda
#tb #tuberculosis #tbproof #zerostigma #wtbd2019
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15 hours ago

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My name is Dr Zolelwa Sifumba and I am a medical doctor from Durban. I am also a multi drug resistant tuberculosis survivor.I contracted Tuberculosis as a medical student as a result of my occupational exposure to the illness and my life was changed forever. I was fearful and in denial for most of the treatment course
because I thought it impossible that I could get TB.
I always thought there was a demographic; you know low socioeconomic status, HIV positive and so on. But it turned out that I, in fact was the demographic and that we all are the demographic. You see, TB affects all those who breathe, making us all the demographic.
Tuberculosis changed my life. Living with the toxic side effects of the drugs with the fear that I’d be victim to the permanent hearing loss or liver failure. It was the lowest point of my life.
I always felt so lonely and hopeless because I was not sure I would survive it. The stigma I faced was also a huge challenge, however my biggest challenge was having to take the 21 pills daily knowing fully well that sickness would follow and knowing that the pills themselves made me feel worse than the TB itself (which had seemingly disappeared as the infected lymph node disappeared). Daily the amikacin injection would bring me to tears with the severe pain lasting up until it was time for the next. Nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, joint and body pains, insomnia. These are some of the other things I suffered daily.

14 months later I came out victorious. I beat the number 1 infectious disease in the world. I managed to beat the disease that threatened to take my life and is still taking millions of lives today all over the world.
My name is Zolelwa Sifumba, I am a medical doctor and a TB survivor. TB is out there and we are all at risk. Beating it is truly a difficult challenge as a result of many barriers but the truth is it can be beaten and there can be life after TB. Our responsibility is to ensure that we end TB! #Endtb #itstime #wtbd2019 #tbproof #tb
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1 day ago

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WIN WIN WIN: Participate in the Desmond Tutu TB Centre's #TBsTimeIsUp photo competition and stand a chance to win a lovely Takealot or Woolies voucher (First prize: R500, Second prize: R250, Third prize: R150). See below for entry details. The deadline is Tuesday 26 March at 12 noon, so get snapping! #WorldTBDay2019 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

TB PROOF

A few photos from last night's very successful #Breakthestigma event at UCT.

Miss SA and TB survivor Tamaryn Green along with Prof Muloiwa from the Deanery, Dr Gcelu, chair of student development and supportcommittee at UCT as well as Phumeza Tisile, UCT student and XDR-TB survivor were the speakers at this event.
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