5W Wednesday: Exhibit – EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community

Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.

What is the exhibit?
EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community is a photography exhibit that shows how tuberculosis affects people’s lives. The photographs focus on South Africa’s gold mining population; the slums of Mumbia, India; and Moldova’s prison population – all areas of particularly high TB incidence. This interactive WHO map shows the incidence of TB around the globe.

The photography and multimedia reports have been developed into a free online education program, accessible at www.tbepidemic.org. This interactive website functions as a stand alone teaching tool for anyone who wants to learn more about TB, the challenges it presents to individuals and communities, and the potential solutions to those challenges. The website has downloadable lesson plans for a variety of high school level classes. This project is a joint collaboration between photographer David Rochkind and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and is supported by the Lilly Multi Drug Resistant-TB Partnership.

Who is the artist?
David Rochkind is an award winning photographer who has traveled the world to document tuberculosis in the communities that are most affected by the disease. Mr. Rochkind is an alum of U-M! He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A in Sociology and speaks fluent Spanish. His work has been honored by numerous organizations, including Photo District News‘ “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch,” Images to Stop TB Award 2009, Magenta Foundation, NPPA Best of Photography and the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights and Photography.

Why do folks need to know about TB?
Facts about TB:

  • TB is a Worldwide pandemic
  • One third of the World’s population is infected with the microbes that cause TB
  • 9 million people become ill with TB every year
  • TB can be cured with medication, but untreated it can kill
  • Typical treatment takes six months and can cost as little as $20
  • 2 million people die from TB every year; 3 people every minute
  • TB is the number four cause of death of women worldwide
  • TB is a leading killer of people with HIV
  • Visit MedlinePlus to learn more!

Where is the exhibit displayed?
You can see EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community in the Art Lounge at the Michigan Union. The Michigan Union is located at 530 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI. The Art Lounge is located on the first floor of the Union, on the south side of the building, adjacent to the Campus Information Center.

When will it be there?
The exhibit is on display currently and will remain on display through December 9, 2011. The Art Lounge is open Monday – Saturday 7:00am to 2:00am and Sunday 9:00am to 2:00am. Admission is FREE and open to the public!

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