For families of TB patients, vital preventive treatment can be a burden

A member of a health organization provide consultation to TB patients in the Loeuk Dek district of Kandal province, July 20, 2021. Photo supplied.

Though COVID-19 has seized the world’s attention for nearly two years now, another, more familiar respiratory disease has lingered as one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

Former TB patients describe their experiences as fight to end the disease continues

Health services organization officials meet at a pagoda with current and former tuberculosis patients, as well as others with contact with the disease, to form a community group to combat the disease. Photo taken on September 14, 2021. Photo Supplied

“Villagers and neighbors also discriminated against my family because they were afraid to be infected with tuberculosis from me,” Lida said.