Tuberculosis Epidemic Among South African Gold Miners
Wilson Center Photo Exhibit Depicts Disease's Ravages
As people around the globe observe World TB Day, and as the Third Stop TB Partners' Forum convenes in Rio de Janeiro, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the International Reporting Project are co-sponsoring a photography exhibition documenting the impact of the disease in South Africa.
Award-winning photojournalist David Rochkind recently spent five weeks reporting in South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in the world. The tuberculosis epidemic has severely affected the country's mining community, particularly those who work in gold mines. Rochkind's unforgettable photographs document the ravages of the disease, as well as the work being done by South African and international health specialists who are trying to stem the epidemic.
The exhibit is located on the fourth floor of the Woodrow Wilson Center (directions). It will be on display through May 15, 2009.