“I didn’t decide to be an activist, it just happened; turns out I’m good at it and I enjoy it,” says 23-year-old
Phumeza Tisile, whose blog on her struggles with multiple drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and
extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB) – and life thereafter – has helped many in South Africa.
In 2012, Tisile and MSF doctor Jennifer Hughes co-authored the ‘DR-TB Manifesto’, which explains the terrible situation
facing people with drug resistant TB worldwide, and makes a call for: 1) universal access to diagnosis and treatment, 2)
hugely improved treatment and 3) enough funding to achieve this.
In mid-May, Tisile headed for the World Health Assembly in Geneva to hand over the manifesto and ask governments, the
World Health Organisation, major health role-players and the research community to prioritise the fight against drugresistanty TB.