Stories: Tuberculosis

  • Giant Rats Are Helping Doctors in Mozambique Sniff Out Tuberculosis

    Ezequiel Maconha-Otenesse had night sweats, pain in his chest, and discharge spewing from his lungs when he coughed. A local hospital in Mozambique tested the 26-year-old repeatedly for tuberculosis (TB), but it took more than five months to reach a diagnosis. "I felt weak all the time," Maconha-Otenesse told VICE News. "I was losing weight. I didn't want to...

  • Meet Abraham, a Hero Rat

    This morning I met Abraham: He has just detected an anti-tank mine. As soon as he sniffs TNT, one of his trainers sets off a clicker. When the rat hears the sound, he scurries over to be hand fed a miniature banana.  This five-month old African Giant Pouched Rat, so named for its chubby cheeks, is only...

  • Visual Storytelling in Zambia

    From mid July through the end of the month, I traveled throughout Zambia covering stories about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria with the International Reporting Project as an IRP Zambia Fellow. I joined nine other new media journalists who put a new spin on traditional reporting of these infectious diseases. You can read my published pieces so far below...

  • The Challenge of HIV and TB Co-Infection

    HIV and TB co-infection is now a major area of concern in countries like Zambia. People living with HIV, who have impaired immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to the lung disease TB. One of the current challenges is to find ways to prevent both. As part of our #ZambiaHealth trip we visited N’gombe Integrated HIV/TB Clinic in...

  • No One Is Missing TB

    The recent Bollywood movie Lootera has Sonakshi Sinha coughing pitifully as the tragic heroine, beset by grief and loneliness, drifts towards her own death. It has been a long time since tuberculosis has been shown on screen and perhaps this is only because Lootera is set in the 1950s. There was a time when Hindi film heroines...

  • Zambian Caregiver Driven by Love to Visit TB Patients

    The government-run health clinic I visited this morning in Lusaka, Zambia, as a visiting International Reporting Project fellow was bustling. Dozens of women, babies, children, and men milled about the small, free-standing houses that make up the clinic, which was certainly bare-bones by Western standards. The accommodations for male circumcision, for example, was a stretcher bed with garbage bags...

  • Days 2 and 3 in Lusaka

    Today was a fairly busy day. We visited a clinic in a compound called N’Gombe where they service nearly 500,000 people. In Zambia, slums are called compounds, which is very interesting in and of itself. The clinic we visited was an integrated HIV/TB clinic. This is significant because many times you will find HIV/AIDS and...

  • Can Zambia End Deadly TB?

    Al Jazeera talks to Dr. Nzali Kancheya, TB Program Director for the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). Azad Essa is a journalist with Al Jazeera. He is reporting on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB in Zambia on a trip with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • Zambia: TB, the Church, Partnerships, and Male Circumcision

    Jennifer James is reporting on HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB in Zambia on a trip with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • African Union AIDS Summit Is a ‘Talk Shop’

    They have gathered once more for a talk shop. Dubbed a "special summit" on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the summit has brought together African leaders in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss progress in alleviating the threats posed by the three diseases. And yet a trip to #Abuja+12 to discuss "progress" could be considered superfluous. A simple stroll...