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Looking back at five successful years of Challenge TB

The KNCV-led, USAID-funded Challenge TB (CTB) project operated from 2014 to 2019 in 24 countries and two regions. The overall purpose of CTB was supporting countries with high burdens of tuberculosis (TB), multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and TB/HIV to achieve their National Strategic Plan goals, contribute to the US Government TB Strategic Targets (2015 -2019) and strive toward the post-2015 global goals. 10.2 million people were successfully treated for TB and 275.000 patients put on treatment for DR-TB.

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The story of Fikeraddis: "If I don't get my medicines, I may not die from corona, but I will die from TB"

“My name is Fikeraddis Abera. I am married and have a two-year-old son. I am a housewife and my husband – the breadwinner – works as a construction worker every day. I was diagnosed with TB four months ago. It changed my life. I was weak and I felt useless. I have no idea how I contracted TB. My husband and son didn’t get it, thank goodness! ”

After Fikeraddis was diagnosed with TB, she now had to walk every day to the center of her hometown, Addis Ababa, to pick up her medicines. A long trip through a lot of crowds which has become even more stressful because of the danger of being infected with the coronavirus.

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