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Fighting Tuberculosis Must Be A Genuine Collective Effort

Timur Abdullaev, a tuberculosis (TB) survivor and public health and human rights consultant from Uzbekistan, thought his persistent cough was due to his heavy smoking so he kicked the habit. When the coughing persisted, he got tested for TB. Timur, who is also HIV positive, discovered that he was also infected with TB, the leading cause of death among people living with HIV.

Without genuine collective effort among policy makers, researchers, medical professionals, civil society and survivors, Timur argues, humanity, in spite of all the technological advances, will lose the war (for survival to some brainless bacteria.

This video was commissioned by ACTION and produced by Groundbreak Productions Ltd. at the 2016 Union Conference.

Also check out these inspiring videos by Timpiyian Leseni and Vivian Cox, MD, discussing their experience with tuberculosis.