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Weavers’ villages in India suffer TB epidemic
Epidemic » Tuberculosis remains a stubborn problem in India, which has more than a quarter of the world’s new TB cases.

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Those suffering from the disease also say they need more help.

Farzand Ali says he borrowed 50,000 rupees ($800) from his relatives when the condition of his son, 21-year-old Ghulam, deteriorated rapidly in 2012. He took his son to a specialized TB hospital in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

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"After four months’ treatment, we came back," Ali said. "We were told my son is infected with deadly strain of multidrug-resistant TB."

Now, Ghulam is being treated in a state-run hospital, but Ali said it is not giving him the more expensive medication he needs.

It costs 10,000 rupees ($160) per month, but Ali earns just a pittance — as a weaver.

"Where will I get this money from?" he asked.

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