Global Health
9:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Fighting To End HIV And TB Infections Worldwide

A health care worker in Zimbabwe showcases anti-retroviral (ARV) pills that are given to patients testing HIV positive.
Credit Flickr Photo/DFID - UK Department For International Development

Access to HIV and TB treatment has been improving worldwide. The rate of new infections is going down. But tuberculosis remains deadly, especially for the poverty stricken — TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011. Luwiza Makukula was diagnosed with HIV and TB after her husband died in 2001. Not only was she sick, she was completely isolated. Today, she works with NGOs focused on treatment, care, and support for HIV/TB patients, including Zambia's Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+). Luwiza Makukula joins us.

More: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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