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Like many women in rural Tajikistan, Hurriya is the wife of a migrant worker.

March 2, 2016

Like many women in rural Tajikistan, Hurriya is the wife of a migrant worker. While her husband lives and works in Russia for long stretches of time, Hurriya is the main caretaker of their two daughters. Often she woke at night to tend to the young children. Fatigue was normal. Sometimes she would even forget to eat. She thought her dizziness and lack of appetite were just normal. But then a persistent cough appeared. Hurriya was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Hurriya’s family falsely believed that TB is hereditary, and she and her children were banished from their home and her in-laws insisted their son divorce her. A social worker trained by USAID’s TB Control Program, implemented by Project HOPE, met Hurriya who was distraught and in poor health. The social worker emphasized that TB is curable and educated her husband and his family about TB. Hurriya and her girls are now back in their home and she is on the road to recovery.

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