Greetings TB Photovoice family,
As many of you know, Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease the has been around since ancient times. Not one country, developed or developing, has been able to completely eradicate this adaptable bacteria. Every country has their own unique story about the impact this disease has had on individuals and communities.
We believe it would be a powerful activity to document the histories and current perspectives of persons impacted by TB in a region of the U.S. and combine this with the knowledge obtained from our global TB Photovoice groups.
Our most recent collaboration within Pakistan, where 58,000 people died from TB in 2010, highlighted many challenges and supportive factors that confront a person experiencing TB. The number of TB cases in 2010 in the United States, around 10,000, is not even comparable to the 400,000 cases in Pakistan. Yet, humanity is our common denominator. The more we understand the complexities of TB in a given location, the more we can create solutions to the root causes of TB.
TB Photovoice is honored to collaborate with the Firland Foundation, near Seattle, Washington, to conduct a yearlong project that will allow community members in two counties to document their personal TB stories.
We want to inform and share personal TB narratives with this local region in Washington state so that we begin to understand our past, provide the community and TB health care professionals insight into the personal experience of TB, and create an awareness of the current, complex struggles that plague global communities.
We hope you will support us in this new project that will combine the voices of persons impacted by TB who have participated in our TB Photovoice groups in Mexico, South Africa, and Pakistan, with those in Washington state. We will update you on the details of this project as they develop. By World TB Day, in March 2014, we intend to have an exhibition that highlights this year long process.
Thank you all for your tremendous support over the years. We have learned so much from our TB Photovoice groups and it is a privilege to share these stories with a regional U.S. story that has yet to be heard.
Hello TB Photovoice family,
As the year comes to a close, we wish to acknowledge your kindness and generosity. Your support for TB Photovoice has been instrumental in our continuing dedication to raising the voices of persons impacted by tuberculosis. Last Saturday, December 1, was World AIDS Day. Our TB Photovoice home office in Washington state collaborated in a World AIDS Day march and commemorative event in the city of Everett. We exhibited photos associated with the Nuestra Casa Initiative, an extension project of TB Photovoice groups along the U.S.-Mexico border. We shared the photos by Photographer Damien Schumann which highlighted the personal perspective of persons impacted both by HIV and TB. A very powerful experience for all those who attended. In early 2011, TB Photovoice was contacted by the Indus Hospital Research Center in Karachi, Pakistan. They were interested in receiving technical support to implement a TB photovoice project in their city. Our trainer Eva Moya provided excellent guidance and their project was a big success! They called their project "Tasweer-e-Zindagi" (tasweer is picture/photograph and zindagi is life) and this newly released video is a fantastic representation of their tremendous work! We are looking forward to new possibilities in 2013 and hope that you will continue to follow us on Facebook, the TB Photovoice website, or supporting us on GlobalGiving. All the best to you and your family this holiday season. Sincerely, Teresa Rugg
Thank you all so much for the support throughout the last several months! We know you understand the potential and commitment that TB Photovoice has for those persons impacted by TB around the globe and we appreciate your involvement.
The past couple of months have been filled with the planting of seeds and nurturing our organization to grow----to grow in ways that helps us to become a sustainable resource for communities affected by TB. We were selected to attend and present our organization at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC in late July. We introduced TB Photovoice to the thousands of participants by hosting a photo gallery, featuring of our Mexican TB Photovoice groups. We also hosted a booth where viewers were engaged with photos and stories from our South African and Mexican/US border groups. Desiree, a group facilitator from our Cape Town TB Photovoice group, spoke at a breakout session, along with TB Photovoice board members Eva Moya and Teresa Rugg. We all made many connections and are following up with possible collaborations with partners in various countries.
Our TB Photovoice Board is diligently working on identifying resources for the future of our organization and we are all looking forward to continuing our momentum. Only a few more months left in the year, and as we look back at the hard work it takes to create groups and follow up on the many possible partnerships that present themselves, we are so fortunate to have you part of our TB Photovoice community.
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