Cherry Oo is 22 and lives in Pathein Township in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region of Southwest Myanmar with her family. Her father and mother are both daily wage laborers, and she has one younger sister, Cherry was also a wage worker earning about $2 a day before she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2016. When she first noticed lumps around her neck, she used traditional medicine treatment; but, after six months, not only was there no improvement: she got worse with fever, coughing and fatigue, plus appetite and weight loss. Finally, she went to the local clinic, which immediately sent her to the Tuberculosis Department of the District Hospital for tests (sputum, x-rays) and treatments after the examination confirmed she had TB.
Now in the final month of her six-month treatment regimen, Cherry is hopeful – thanks in part to CWS support – that she will have a positive prognosis for the future. She feels sure that the nutritious food supplements, multivitamins and other support from CWS, including bus fare, clinic fees and medicines, have helped her feel better and better each day. She is now eager to return to work – once the final month of treatment is complete and she has a clean bill of health confirmed – to help support her family.
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