World Tuberculosis Day Profile: Ukraine

Misha Friedman—WHO
Misha Friedman—WHO
At a mobile facility organized by Amicus, an NGO offering comprehensive care for people living with HIV/AIDS, patients can exchange needles and get blood tests. A high rate of HIV/AIDS has also contributed to the spread of TB in the Ukraine, as the compromised immune systems of HIV patients make them susceptible to the disease's predatory ways.

Photographer Misha Friedman photographs the effort to battle an epidemic.

Fueled by rising rates of HIV and a health system crippled by years of political, economic and social transition, tuberculosis in the Ukraine has proven extremely difficult to eradicate. Whereas TB rates in most regions of the world has stabilized or declined, it has continued to spread in the Ukraine, which accounts for 11% of all cases in Eastern Europe. In recent years a number of NGOs, including the World Health Organization, have taken up the fight to contain the epidemic.

Related video: James Nachtwey’s project on the devastating effects of Tuberculosis: Images of a Forgetten Plague

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