“A post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill — far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the twenty-first century,” Full Report
Keiji Fukuda, WHO assistant director-general for health security
With Tuberculosis, the post antibiotic era is already here:
Médecins sans frontières (MSF) has a fantastic MDR-TB manifesto; 'Test me, treat me.' This is a great source of information and well worth supporting but new drugs alone will not be enough.
Partners in Health have pioneered a successful model of accompaniment where Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide support far beyond mere delivery and observation of correct drug use. Nutritional support and mental health counseling have been shown to be essential components in the sucessfull treatment of patients with drug resistant tuberculosis.
It is our belief that the accompaniment model is a good one and that moxibustion might be an effective tool for CHWs caring for patients with drug resistant tuberculosis.