XDRTB.org is an extraordinary effort to tell the story of extremely
drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and TB through powerful photographs taken by James Nachtwey.
XDR-TB, or extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, is a new and deadly mutation of tuberculosis. Similar in creation to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) but more extreme in its manifestation, it arises when common tuberculosis goes untreated or standard TB drugs are misused.
Tuberculosis is not a disease of the past – in 2007 alone, 1.7 million people died from TB – it is the leading killer of people infected with HIV.
Photographer James Nachtwey has been covering war and human rights stories for 30 years. Last year, he won the TED Prize.