Both problems are exacerbated by poor infection control in prisons and hospitals, primitive treatment for drug addicts, irregular access to TB medications, misdiagnosis, poor adherence to treatment programs, and a general lack of government concern.
Ukrainian photographer Maxim Dondyuk began photographing the faces of Ukraine’s TB epidemic over two years starting in December 2010. During a hospital visit in the eastern Donbas region, Dondyuk photographed a naked man, staring at the ceiling and dying of gastrointestinal tuberculosis. A week later, Dondyuk was with the man when he died. These are the stories of some of the other victims Dondyuk has met and photographed. (15 PHOTOS)