wdg:tb

Did you think tuberculosis was a disease of the past? It still claims 1.8 million lives every year.

That’s more than any other infectious disease.

Patients have to take large numbers of pills, and face daily injections, for up to two years.

Side effects can include: Permanent deafness, nausea and vomiting, blindness and psychosis

Five years ago, two new TB medicines were introduced.

They have far fewer side effects, and are much more powerful.

However most patients are denied access to the new medicines and are stuck with the old medicines.

This needs to change.