Tuberculosis is a contagious, airborne infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. In an attempt to protect our lungs and fight the TB, our bodies cultivate cells that have a protective functionality. This build-up and excessive inflammation of the protective cells, however, progressively destroys the lung. Essentially, people are literally consumed by their own response to TB.
In Australia there are around 1,200 cases of TB each year and multi-drug resistant TB cases are four times higher today than they were only a few years ago
It is one of the 3 main causes of death in women aged 15-44 years old globally
2 billion people worldwide carry TB, and each year close to 2 million will die of it – that’s over 5,000 deaths every single day. Our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, has the highest burden in the Pacific region, and South-East Asia has one of the world’s fastest-growing rates of TB