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Nachtwey’s Wish Revealed

A boy experiencing severe pain from TB meningitis is comforted by his mother at Svay Rieng Provincial Hospital, Svay Rieng, Cambodia. Family members provide much of the personal care at hospitals in the developing world. (© James Nachtwey/VII) 

Jim Nachtwey’s TED Prize wish was revealed today along with the powerful photographs and website that the TED organization has helped fund. Nachtwey has used the US$100,000 award from his 2007 TED Prize winnings to concentrate on shooting pictures of and increasing awareness about a form of tuberculosis described as “extremely drug-resistant” and has been given the name XDR-TB. Watch his 3′:43″ video on the site

More information from the site: “ is an extraordinary effort to tell the story of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and TB through powerful photographs taken by James Nachtwey. XDR-TB, or extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, is a new and deadly mutation of tuberculosis. Similar in creation to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) but more extreme in its manifestation, it arises when common tuberculosis goes untreated or standard TB drugs are misused. James’ photographs represent these varying strains. Learn more about TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB, and learn how you can take action to stop this deadly disease.”


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