31 Jan 2017
Consultation of the Red Crescent psychologist with the TB doctor at the Centralized Lab for Infectious Diseases / UNDP Turkmenistan
TB treatment is a very long and complicated process. Often, patients are left alone to face the disease because their community does not often understand how the disease is transmitted and what the patient is going through. A person living with TB has suppressed immune system and must very carefully follow all instructions of the assigned treatment, adhere to the dietary prescription and regularly visit his doctor. The treatment usually takes around 6-8 months. However, there is a multi-drug resistant form of TB (MDR-TB) with the treatment period of 2 years. During those 2 years, MDR-TB patient shall take medications under the supervision of the TB doctor and regularly undergo medical checkup. “Every year around 6 to 10 million people are diagnosed with TB. However, modern medical care allows full cure of TB under the condition that the diagnosis is made and the treatment has started on time. Nevertheless, there is another very important condition - a moral and psychological state of the patient, his will, persistence and optimism,” explains Bahar Bayramova, psychologist of the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan (NRCS) – a Sub-recipient of the TB grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (Global Fund).