XDR-TB Patient’s Survival Story: Ms. Busisiwe Beko and Dr. Jennifer Hughes

Ms. Busisiwe Beko lived with XDR-TB and survived -- while pregnant with a baby who also developed XDR-TB. Watch this remarkable interview with Buci and Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF. At the 6:30 point is an interesting discussion of the simple and effective counseling strategy developed by Buci that can support both patient and family.  Dr. Hughes emphasizes the importance of decentralized treatment for drug-resistant TB, allowing patients to receive care close to home.  Although Buci herself was treated prior to decentralization of XDR-TB care in Khayelitsha, South Africa, it is now available there--hopefully enabling faster initiation of treatment and better outcomes.

Document Date: 6 November, 2014
Author: CAP-TB