We are at a critical juncture in the fight against TB. This past September, the UN held its first High-Level Meeting on ending Tuberculosis while the Global Fund, the #1 funding body for TB initiatives, will have its triannual replenishment in October. Now, It’s Time! for you to join the fight. If in 2019 we are sticking it to TB, each one of us has to build accountability, promote an end to stigma and discrimination, and push for equitable, rights-based & people-centered responses to TB. Scroll down to take action by copy-pasting, signing, tweeting and sharing the templates, social media toolkits, and links that we’ve posted in the line below. Because if we’re going to rid the world of TB, it’s going to take all of us.
WATCH UNMASKED: WE ALL BREATHE
Three South African healthcare workers became MDR-TB patients. Unmasked: We All Breathe is their story of surviving the fear, the medical treatments and the stigma that millions face around the globe, while transforming themselves into advocates to find the will and the resources to beat TB.
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Know the Symptoms
Each year, among the estimated 9 million people who develop the disease, 3 million are missed – not diagnosed, treated, nor counted. The first step to protecting yourself is to get tested. Don’t be one among the statistic – if you suspect you have Tuberculosis, get tested. The test is quick and simple. If you’re not sure what symptoms to look for, learn more about them here.
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Unmasked: We All Breathe follows 3 doctors in South Africa who contracted MDR-TB while treating patients with the same disease. They endured grueling treatment and narrowly escape death with a new therapy staked to give others hope.
Support Global Fund Replenishment
The world’s #1 TB avenger is the Global Fund, funding thousands of organizations and programs in over 100 countries. This year the fund is scheduled for replenishment and is expected to generate over $10 billion to support local, targeted initiatives all over the world. Learn about the Global Fund.
Meet Three Exceptional Women
Arlette says the person she was “before TB will never be again. That person died.” But she is finally getting back to her place underneath the sun - surgery. She is happiest on her rounds, making good decisions and being the best surgeon she can be.
For Dalene, a mother, an activist, a global speaker, it’s about the impact and supporting lives across the world through her non-profit organisation, TB Proof, in hopes that in 20 years’ time she can tell her children that TB is one less thing they have to worry about.
Zolelwa says her battle with TB makes her a better doctor, someone who can relate to her patients and say that she too survived TB; that anyone can get TB. On the global stage, she evolves as an energetic voice and force for raising awareness.
Learn more about MDR-TB and the film, Unmasked: We All Breathe.
USA: PBS NewsHour, 03/26/2019
PBS Newshour featured an excerpt from Unmasked: We All Breathe on March 26, 2019. Watch the segment, view the transcript and read the accompanying story here.
In Africa: Watch the film
Watch the complete Unmasked: We All Breathe film on Channel 104, Premiere Movie Channel, in Africa. Click below to find your local listings.
Mumbai’s Fight Against TB
Mumbai, India’s most populous city, is testing a novel approach to tackle Tuberculous among its inhabitants. Click below to learn more.
Thank you to our “Unmasked” partners
Ikana health action lab
Ikana is a creative lab for global health. We are storytellers, health & science reporters, technologists, community-centered designers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, media innovators, public health advocates, programmers and filmmakers. We make content, drive advocacy and create solutions with and for global health.
The global fund
Accelerating the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The Global Fund partnership mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.
RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people who use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.
South AFrica Ministry of Health
The mission of the Republic of South Africa Ministry of Health is to improve health status through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and to consistently improve the healthcare delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.
M-Net Movies is a group of nine television channels broadcast by South African pay TV satellite network DStv. The channels broadcast films based on genre across six channels: M-Net Movies Premiere HD; M-Net Movies Smile HD; M-Net Movies Action+ HD; M-Net Movies Action HD; M-Net Movies All Stars HD; M-Net Movies Zone HD