Photo Essay

Cambodian TB Patients - Coughing in Cambodia

Cambodian TB Patients - Man in His Bed

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.

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10 responses

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    wow, this is journalism at it's finest. kudos for having the strength to shoot this. excellent work.

  • Sanne van de Berg

    Sanne van de Berg gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    I agree with Peggy wholeheartedly, really impressive!

  • amir ali atighi moghadam

    amir ali atighi moghadam (Deleted) said (20 Dec 2009):

    100000 100000 YEAH . wath a painful story....

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Yes yes yes..

  • Brenda Woodham

    Brenda Woodham (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    I am in awe. This should be told on an international scale and in depth.

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    fabulous essay

  • Cecil Brissette

    Cecil Brissette gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Excellent : )

  • Richard Reitman

    Richard Reitman said (20 Dec 2009):

    great work Steve

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    Excellent Essay,,,and images,,,

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