Battle For Health Yet to be Fought

Tania Rivera Hernandez | The Daily Telegraph | 28 March 2017

The story of a NSW young man who contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis while travelling puts into perspective for Australians what contracting this disease means (“TB or not TB”, 27/3). This young man is worried about stigma and needs to go through a painful long treatment. These are things that half a million people every year around the world have to go through in poor settings where perhaps hospital care is not easily accessible. TB is a tough disease, and because it’s not common in Australia we tend to forget about it. Australia’s work to combat TB should not be limited to our territory but also expand to other nations where this disease is a huge burden.