Photograph by Andrea Reese
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.
People living with TB often aren't able to complete the recommended drug regimen because they can't afford or access treatment. But inappropriate drug use can lead to the spread of drug resistance - a major health crisis in Indonesia and around the world. Treating drug-resistant TB requires months of injections and medicines, causes devastating side effects and is many times more expensive than treating TB with first-line drugs.
With growing drug resistance, there is added urgency to develop new innovations to combat TB. Yet, medicines alone won't end the epidemic. People everywhere must be able to access and afford the full course of treatment they need.