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The fight against tuberculosis

Nabou speaks with a microphone to a crowd.

Nabou shares her hopeful story.

While the rate of tuberculosis (TB) in Canada is among the lowest in the world, roughly 9 million people are diagnosed globally every year and over one million die – most of them in developing countries like Senegal, where this project is based.

In fact, TB is second only to HIV and AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent, largely because its symptoms can be mild for months, leading to delays in seeking care.

Fortunately, with your support, we’ve reached almost 200,000 people in Senegal with a campaign that is raising awareness of symptoms of TB and when and where to get help.

For 15-year-old Nabou, that has made all the difference.

Nabou and her parents did not realize just how sick she was. But thanks to one of over 6,000 community-based volunteers who’ve been trained thanks to your support, she was referred to a local health centre where she got the diagnosis and treatment she needed to recover.

“I thank Plan for saving my life,” says Nabou, who is back to good health and speaking out so that others can get help too.

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