Regiane and her toddler son share a three room home in a favela near Rio de Janeiro with six of her extended family members. She was diagnosed with TB at a nearby health center, where treatment is offered for free through the Brazilian health system. Regiane stopped taking her treatment after several weeks because she felt ashamed of having TB, but a community outreach worker from an NGO supported by the Global Fund came to her home to offer support and encouragement. Back on treatment and nearly finished with the 6 month course, she says the regular visits and caring attitude of the community workers helped her to see the treatment through.
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