DAVID ROCHKIND PHOTOGRAPHY
TB is a preventable and treatable lung disease, but there have been almost no new advances in treatment for 85 years and the infrastructure to deal with the problem doesn’t exist in most of South Africa. In certain communities, like the country’s gold miners, the disease has reached epidemic proportions. This story aims to convey the stress, pressure and effect that the disease inflicts on not just those who carry it, but also on the communities in which they live.  Here, miners pray for their safety before beginning a work shift 6500 feet underground at the Great Noligwa mine in Orkney, South Africa.  The miners have historically had high rates of TB, due to poor screening and treatment programs, cramped living quarters and high rates of silicosis, an occupational lung disease that increase the likelihood of developing active TB.  Miners have a disproportionately high rate of HIV, further complicating the issue.
TB is a preventable and treatable lung disease, but there have been almost no new advances in treatment for 85 years and the infrastructure to deal with the problem doesn’t exist in most of South Africa. In certain communities, like the country’s gold miners, the disease has reached epidemic proportions. This story aims to convey the stress, pressure and effect that the disease inflicts on not just those who carry it, but also on the communities in which they live.

Here, miners pray for their safety before beginning a work shift 6500 feet underground at the Great Noligwa mine in Orkney, South Africa. The miners have historically had high rates of TB, due to poor screening and treatment programs, cramped living quarters and high rates of silicosis, an occupational lung disease that increase the likelihood of developing active TB. Miners have a disproportionately high rate of HIV, further complicating the issue.

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