Miss South Africa fights stigma against TB

Tamaryn Green
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Miss South Africa 2018, Tamaryn Green, has encouraged everyone, but especially the youth, to speak out and seek treatment when diagnosed with  Tuberculosis (TB). Green was among those who attended a church service in the St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town to mark World TB Day.

She was diagnosed with TB in 2015 when she was a third year medical student.

Green says she kept quiet about it. However, she says her family and two friends finally helped her deal with the disease .

“I was very emotional when I spoke about it for the first time, because I felt stigmatised. So, I have been trying to encourage everyone out there who either has the disease or has a family member, lost someone to this disease, not be afraid of it. Whenever I can, at any event, I go out and spread the word that TB can affect anyone. It doesn’t discriminat; most importantly, it’s curable.”