Sunday, October 5, 2008 & James Nachtwey's Fight Against Tuberculosis

James Nachtwey won the TED Prize in 2007 and the fruits of his dream and effort from numerous collaborators is becoming a reality. This past weekend and in the coming days his incredible pictures are being projected at scale in public places in 50 cities worldwide.

Time magazine is running a 7-page feature in all of its global editions published today. Many other media are on board to support the effort, including Boston Globe, The London Observer, Youtube, and More from the site: 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. 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, traveling 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.

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