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Almost everyone has a BCG <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_Calmette-Gue%C3%A9rin> scar. Did you know that it is this vaccine which protects you from Tuberculosis, a disease which still affects millions of people around the world? Send us a photo of your BCG scar and help spread the word about XDR-TB.
Post via MMS using the site number 447786201241 (in the UK only) with the keyword "XBCG" at the beginning of the message or as the first word in the subject line.
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.
James’ photographs represent these varying strains. Learn more about TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB, and learn how you can take action to stop this deadly disease.
Photographer James Nachtwey has been covering war and human rights
stories for 30 years, travelling from Northern Ireland to Iraq, from the
orphanages of Romania to the deadly killing grounds of the Sudan. He knows
the power of news photographs to raise awareness and make real change.
In 2007, he was awarded the TED Prize, which comes with $100,000 and one
wish to change the world. These photographs and this project are his wish.
Learn more about James Nachtwey and the TED Prize and the conference
that started it all, TED.