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In 1995, the World Health Organization declared the tuberculosis epidemic in Ukraine. Over the past 16 years, the situation has deteriorated even further. Each day TB takes lives of 30 people, annually – of about 10,000 people.
In December 2010, I went to Donbass region in Ukraine. I was greatly influenced by what I saw on the first day. One of the first patients I photographed was suffering from gastrointestinal tuberculosis. He was lying naked on a hospital bed and staring at the ceiling. A week later, I was with him in the last hours of his life. He could not move or talk, his body was like a skeleton covered with skin. He clutched a cross to his chest and prayed. Afterwards I met his wife and she told me how he had walked around the house with a torn stomach and intestines dragging across the floor, because the ambulance had refused to transfer him to a hospital. They had to call a taxi.
After a while, I realized that this was happening all over the country and that the epidemic of tuberculosis became one of the national problems. Many prisons release pardoned convicts with serious health conditions, so as not to ruin their mortality figures. Two-thirds of former prisoners dissolve among general population without medical supervision. Hospitals are in a terrible condition and all phthisiology rests with doctors who are long overdue to retire. Patients with drug-resistant TB have to use public transport to receive medical supplies and food and those without money just die in their beds. In the midst of current political wars in Ukraine, everybody is just indifferent to the problem of tuberculosis.
EXPOSED is a four-part series of short films that tells the story of the deadly global epidemic of tuberculosis. The series focuses on current efforts to halt this airborne disease, which is growing more difficult to address, as well as the urgent movement to develop new tools to prevent it. By telling the stories of four inspiring individuals interspersed with expert commentary from some of the world’s top TB physicians, scientists, advocates and policymakers, EXPOSED brings viewers to the forefront of the race against tuberculosis. View the rest of the series at aeras.org/exposed.
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EXPOSED is produced by Aeras, a nonprofit biotech advancing tuberculosis vaccines for the world. The series is developed in partnership with filmmaker Mo Scarpelli of RAKE FILMS with support from GATHER. Learn more at aeras.org/exposed.
Featured in the trailer (in order of appearance):
Kari Stoever, Vice President for External Affairs, Aeras
Natalie Skipper, physical therapist and MDR-TB survivor
Dr. Jayant Banavaliker, Head of Department of TB and Chest Diseases, Municipal Corporation of Delhi
Prof Helen McShane, Professor of Vaccinology and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, Principal Investigator, The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town
Aaron Oxley, Executive Director, RESULTS UK
Blessina Kumar, Vice Chair, Coordinating Board, Stop TB Partnership
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
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