This morning a light sea breeze helps make the heat bearable. Nathanael, an MSF community health worker, approaches Louisa’s house, which is built on stilts, like many others in Papua New Guinea. He climbs the ladder which leads to the living area, just as he does every day, to help Louisa prepare her medication and oversee her treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
Louisa gathers her daily ration and pops them in her mouth one by one, quickly washing each one down with water. She must undergo this daily ritual for anything between 18 months to 24 months.