An inspiring story
Meet Xolelwa Joni, a survivor of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) from Duncan Village in East London, South Africa – a city with a very high TB burden.
Following her two-year battle with XDR-TB, Xolelwa joined the Donald Woods Foundation as peer educator in the Foundation’s MDR-TB programme in East London. Her time spent at the Foundation sensitised her to the vital need for meaningful support and care needed by people suffering from TB, so much so, that she is now training as a nurse at Lilitha Nursing College attached to Butterworth Hospital.
In this film commissioned by Lilly, Xolelwa shares her personal story about surviving XDR-TB.