David Rochkind

David studied sociology at the University of Michigan and moved to Venzuela in 2003 to begin working as a photographer. While coveri…


About Epidemic: TB in the global community

The statistics are alarming. In 2009, there were 9.4 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB) across the world and 1.7 million people died from the disease – one person every 20 seconds. The World Health Organization estimates that one third of the world’s population is infected with the microbe that causes TB, suggesting that there is no country in the world where TB does not exist, and that there is no population that is safe from the threat of the disease.

This project, EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community,shows that TB is a disease that has serious social and economic consequences, whose effects reach beyond the individual patients who have it to burden and handicap the families, communities and countries where it is found. It is part of a larger public health curriculum for high schools, universities and youth groups that takes a global perspective on what is truly a global problem.