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Innovation and Inequality a new photo series for UNDP
andrea star reese
Dec 15, 2017
A new photography series, Innovation & Inequality, supported by the United Nations Development Programme, shines a light on the importance of new health innovations – like vaccines, medicines & diagnostics – and getting them to the people around the world who need them most. My photo contribution to the series explores TB and one man’s losing struggle with the disease. (caption: Pak Agus has TB. His doctor has advised him to go to a specialized clinic to receive treatment, but Agus cannot afford the cost of travel and in-patient care for months on end.) Indonesia has one of the world’s worst TB epidemics – two thirds of people living with TB don’t get the care they need. Making matters worse, multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB – a deadly form of TB for which the standard drug regimen is futile – is a growing health crisis in Indonesia and around the world. Treating MDR-TB requires months – or even years – of daily injections and drugs, causes devastating side effects and costs many times more than treating TB with first-line drugs. This new series also covers other countries and their health issues. Check out the full series!

Andrea Star Reese

Andrea Star Reese is a VISURA photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta.
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