Kicking TB out of Papua New Guinea
Daru, a tiny island just off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea, has an extraordinary story to tell. It It has one of the highest rates of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world.
I recently spent some time on Daru alongside my frequent collaborator and partner in storytelling, Alana Holmberg, to gather a bunch of stories on the response to TB on Daru. The trip itself defied my expectations: I went to Daru expecting a week of sad, depressing stories, and yet while they were certainly there – I left deeply impressed by the efficiency and community-led nature of the response, and the love and care of the whole team involved in the response. They are there working day and night to address “Ebola with wings” – and they’re doing an amazing job.
The work we’ve produced from Daru includes a short doco and other video stories (all edited and animated by the wonderful Ingrid Brooker), as well as a plethora of photos, social media content and other stuff.