Defeating Drug-Resistant TB in Indonesia: A Human Face

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Despite significant progress, TB continues to claim more lives than any other infectious disease worldwide — over 4,500 a day. The emergence of drug-resistant TB threatens to derail efforts to end TB.
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TB is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis which affects the lungs. The disease is fueled by overcrowded living conditions, poor housing and lack of adequate sanitation.
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The TB clinic at Persahabatan hospital is the largest in the country, seeing up to 90 patients a day. Since 2009, it has tested over 13,000 people suspected of DR-TB and treated more than 1,700 confirmed cases.
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Junaedi receives his medicines from a nurse at Persahabatan hospital. Taking hundreds or even thousands of pills over the course of the treatment is not easy, especially as some of the pills can be large and painful to swallow.
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Junaedi in his home, with his wife and child.
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A doctor examines a TB patient at Persahabatan hospital (left); Dr. RR Diah Handayani, a member of the DR-TB clinical expert team at Persahabatan hospital (right).
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Putri (in the grey t-shirt) speaks with Darman, a peer educator from Pejuang Tangguh (PETA).
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Sputum smear microscopy to diagnose TB, conducted by the microbiology laboratory at Persahabatan hospital.
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Participants at the ‘Workshop on Pharmacovigilance’ organized by ADP at Bogor, Indonesia, 28–29 April 2015 (left); Dr. Siti Abdoellah, Head of Sub-Directorate of Surveillance and Risk Analysis of Therapeutic Products, BPOM, at the ADP side meeting during the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 27 January 2016 (right).
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UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Development Programme partners with…

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

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Working for a Sustainable Planet without Poverty

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Development Programme partners with people to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

Written by

Working for a Sustainable Planet without Poverty

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Development Programme partners with people to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.

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