The story of Mariana Bernofsky, a TB patient and mother, in Moldova
Mariana Bernofsky (video below) lives with her husband in Balti, a small town in Northern Moldova, in a house that has been passed through the family for generations. She stays at home with their young child while he works as a trash collector, earning less than $200 each month. Mariana is pregnant and is infected with TB. She expects to successfully complete her treatment in a few months and, after her child is born, will be able to get a final X-Ray that she hopes will show she has been cured of TB.
A few years ago, her father died of TB. It was the second time he had contracted the disease and the last time occurred while he was a migrant worker in Moscow. In this video, Mariana discusses her father’s illness. She touches on a few themes that are very important when discussing TB: how migration can influence TB incidence and how lack of education can complicate the treatment of TB patients.
See David Rochkind’s article and multi-media piece Moldova: What Happens to MDR-TB Patients.