Cambodian TB Patients - Coughing in Cambodia
15 Dec 2009
According to USAID estimates "64% of Cambodians are infected with TB, and a substantial number of cases remain undetected."
TB is a curable disease and, fortunately, in Cambodia (one of the world's poorest developing countries) there is a surprisingly good record of both diagnosis and treatment using a methodology called DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course)
At CENAT, the Cambodian National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control in Phnom Penh there are dozens of patients who live in large and airy multi-bed rooms in a quarantined compound for months at a time to undergo free treatment for TB.
Because of the hospital's budgetary limitations family members are a nearly constant presence providing nursing care, food and support.
This is a collection of intimate portraits of some of these patients taken over the past few years.