•One thing you need to do to survive is to BREATHE, therefor TB is everyone’s concern.
•TB still claims a life every 25 seconds.
Join the Stellenbosch University Drama Department and TB Proof in breaking down the stigma and creating awareness around TB on the 24th of March from 13:00 - 14:00.
#UnmaskStigma #worldTBday #TBProof
This past month, as I read about an 18-year old Patna girl's ordeal with tuberculosis (TB) and her battle to access the lifesaving drug bedaquiline, I couldn't help but recount the horrors of my own experiences with the disease, which I have had for close to eight years.
"One day I became very angry and annoyed to an extent that I took out a sim card from my phone and swallowed it. I ran to the clinic and told the nurses that there are people who wanted to kill me. I then ran into the night. We later realised I was suffering from psychosis related mental illness which had been sparked by the MDR-TB medication. I am now recovered from this condition"
When I was 23-years old I had to move to Matibi Mission hospital in Mwenezi. They told me I would have to live in isolation so I would not infect other people with my disease. When they told me, I cried. I could not imagine staying in isolation.