07 Jun
  • By Alex Thompson
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TB Return of the Plague

TB is the most deadly infectious disease in history – it has killed over a billion people in the last 200 years.

There are over 8 million new infections every year worldwide, but the Southern African nation of Swaziland is the epicentre of the disease, with the highest rate of TB infection in the world. With the infection spreading with a cough or sneeze, international travel means these lethal new infections are already starting to appear in Europe – in 2013 alone 3,500 Londoners were diagnosed with the disease.

Multi-BAFTA winning film-maker, Jezza Neumann travelled to Swaziland to make this very intimate account of the crippling effects of MDR-TB for a BBC documentary in 2014. We witnessed victims from two families battle with the disease over the course of a year.
To find out more about the film and to watch the trailer, click here.

Latest news – March 2017

Nokubegha has just received much needed food supplies using funds donated by viewers.
Because of her illness and continued school absence It has taken Nok a long time to make friends, we have just found out that she now has three friends.  She has also decided that she wants to be a nurse when she finishes school.
With your help we hope to be able to continue to visit Nokubegha every 3 months and see if we can assist her in making her dream come true.

How Aletheia has helped

When Nokubegha was 12 she featured in the documentary TB- Return of the Plague. She tragically lost both her parents to TB and has the multi drug resistant (MDR) strain of TB herself; an illness she will have for life. The film encouraged a sea of donations from viewers which significantly changed her life.
Since broadcast The Aletheia Foundation (charity number: 1110096) has been paying for her boarding school fees, books and uniforms. We were also able to build a toilet and install a water tank; she was previously using water from a waterhole used by donkeys, cows and other animals which caused her to regularly get sick.
Without further donations Nok would have to walk 30k a day to get to the nearest school. Nokubegha still needs our help so we are asking people to run, walk or jog Nok’s miles for her so we can raise enough money to keep her in school…

On Sunday 14th May we will be running for Nokubegha through The Aletheia Foundation in the London Superhero Run in Regents Park. Please join us and run, jog or walk 5k or 10k to help give Nok a brighter future…


Alex Thompson