Cotridha in Zambia
Like many women, Cotridha is the main caregiver for her family and she lives in a dry, sandy compound in Zambia her two children. When she had a high fever, Cotridha visited a local healer but his traditional medicine was useless. Months later, exhausted from coughing and in terrible pain she walked for an hour to the nearest clinic. When she was diagnosed with TB, it was only the beginning.
You see, to fight this killer disease you must take pills daily for 6-8 months. If you don’t, you are infectious for longer and you risk getting drug-resistant TB – often untreatable. But when you are ill, far from a clinic, and busy with work and family, it’s easy to forget or lose motivation.
That’s why we train volunteer carers in hundreds of small communities. They ensure that people take their TB medicine and they help practically and emotionally too. For Cotridha, even simple things like being fed rice by her carer and given life’s essentials such as matches, salt and cooking oil, helped her to stop worrying and recover properly.
Now Cotridha herself is one of our carers. She helps people to survive TB, just like she did.