She's a survivor of XDR-TB — extensively drug resistant tuberculosis. Maria Carmen Castro, 46, of Lima, Peru. Partners In Health treated her — and loaned her money to open a small store: "Because of my TB and thanks to God and Partners in Health now I have my own business," she says.
Luis Henry Robles Higinio, 19, has XDR-TB. His right lung was removed due to the extent of the disease, and he had a port implanted in his chest for his twice daily drip of TB drugs. With the end of treatment just two weeks away, he's in a positive frame of mind.