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.