Saturday, October 04, 2008

XDR-TB and the TED Conference

In 2007, James Nachtwey's work as a photographer was chosen by the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in recognition of his desire to use photography to spread recognition of the importance of the battle against Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB). He was awarded $100,000 towards his goal, and the results of his work have now been made public, and a moving website and slide show are now available for all to see---and to subsequently take action.

The TED Conference is an annual conference that awards prizes to three individuals and organizations advancing the spread of ideas and knowledge of importance to humanity, and James Nachtwey's photographs of the victims of XDR-TB in India, Africa, and other far-flung nations will now receive even greater attention due to this high-profile recognition.

Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is a form of tuberculosis which is resistant to most known first- and second-line TB drugs. XDR-TB is currently gaining ground worldwide, and there are now close to 50 countries reporting active cases.

Mr. Nachtwey, famous as a photographer of war zones and areas of armed conflict, has turned his lens towards the struggle against a disease that some say could become a worldwide epidemic if improved treatment and funding is not implemented now.

Please watch the slideshow and visit the site. Several ways to get involved and support the project are available through links on the website.

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