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Cured: A celebration of life after MDR- and XDR-TB

Cured is an exhibition of photographs depicting the everyday lives of people who have one thing in common – they all had multidrug-resistant (MDR-) or extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and were cured.

This project was developed by The Union’s MDR-TB Unit and 7 national tuberculosis programmes in Latin America and Spain, in collaboration with photographer Javier Galeano. It highlights not only the constant presence of TB in our communities, but also that all TB cases, even those with an extensive pattern of resistance, can be cured with good clinical and operational management.

Javier travelled to Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Perú and Gran Canaria (Spain) to document the stories of 28 patients cured of MDR- and XDR-TB, to show the full lives they have today and to celebrate their recovery.

Cured was first exhibited at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, Spain from 28 October through 1 November. Selected photographs were published in the international Spanish-language newspaper El Pais and in National Public Radio online (USA) during that week.

This project was made possible with financial support from The Union North America; and it was directed by Executive Director José Luis Castro and Prof José Antonio Caminero, Coordinator of The Union’s MDR-TB Unit.

Special thanks go to all the people who had their photographs taken and shared their stories.