Tuberculosis (TB)

The frontline


The Philippines

Leo Vincant Jawili carries his wife, Decere Lai Jawili, to a waiting taxi outside the International Center for Tuberculosis in Manila, Philippines.
WHO/Dominic Chavez
Leo Vincant Jawili carries his wife, Decere Lai Jawili, to a waiting taxi outside the International Center for Tuberculosis in Manila, Philippines. Every day for several months, he has carried his wife into the centre where she takes her daily regimen for MDR-TB.

Christopher Alabado receives his daily injection at the International Center for Tuberculosis in Manila, Philippines.
WHO/Dominic Chavez
Christopher Alabado receives his daily injection of capreomycin at the International Center for Tuberculosis in Manila, Philippines. A few hundred patients arrive six days a week at the centre to receive their treatment. Many of the patients have formed close bonds because of the daily visits.

Dennis Atibula, an MDR-TB patient, prays during a church service in Manila, Philippines.
WHO/Dominic Chavez
Dennis Atibula, an MDR-TB patient, prays during a church service in Manila, Philippines. Atibula works as a realtor in the city, selling commercial and residential properties. He says he has relied on his faith to help him take the second-line drugs for his infection and to keep his thoughts positive.

Arnold Sillote and his mother Luzminda Sillote wait nervously for her MDR-TB test results at the International Center for Tuberculosis in Manila, Philippines.
WHO/Dominic Chavez
Arnold Sillote (left) and his mother Luzminda Sillote (centre) wait nervously for her MDR-TB test results at the International Center for Tuberculosis in Manila, Philippines. If she is found to have MDR-TB, she will need to take second-line drugs daily for the next 18 months.
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