Overcoming Tuberculosis by Paul Thorn – a booklet designed to help people undergoing TB treatment understand the nature of the illness and cope well with it – has been translated into Russian and adapted for the sociocultural context of Central Asia. Initially the book will be distributed in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The booklet is sponsored by USAID, whose staff created the translation, and the Stop TB Partnership.

Paul Thorn, the booklet’s author, was 24 when he became ill with multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB). At first it was not clear that he would survive, but with the right treatment and three years of care he recovered. The booklet is based on his experience and the understanding he gained and is intended to help others complete their treatment, be cured and go on to lead productive lives.

The booklet is available here and under the resources section of this website.