Kaktus Media and AKIpress – data-story demonstrating that while the rate of tuberculosis cases is slowly decreasing in the country, it is still the highest among CIS countries. Moreover, the rate of resistant forms of tuberculosis is increasing rapidly, as the majority of patients do not complete their treatment, partly due to society’s stigmatization of the disease. Public opinion polls show that more than 60% of respondents do not want to interact in any form with TB patients. The story was viewed by about 13,000 users on both news sites.
USAID support of this program jointly with the World Bank and the Institute for Democracy, Media and Cultural Exchange (IDEM) has made it possible to provide data-based arguments to help the wider community discuss national problems.