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Urgent news on Mr Mkoko from They Go To Die

May 24, 2013

A fortnight ago, Jonathan Smith, epidemiologist and director of ‘They Go to Die’, received news that the only surviving miner in the film-Mr Mkoko-has been hospitalised with tuberculosis again. To find out more about Mr Mkoko’s condition and what you can do to help, have a read of this personal message from Jonathan Smith and share with your networks.


“Last week I received a call from Nozipho Mkoko (Musa Mkoko’s wife) informing me that Mr. Mkoko has been hospitalised with tuberculosis. Today, the Mkoko family granted me permission to share this news with you all. As many of you know, Mr. Mkoko is the only surviving miner from the film, They Go to Die. His recent TB infection is an externally acquired infection, not a reinfection of his previous multi-drug resistant TB. This news is extremely worrisome, and though the fact that he is receiving care in Swaziland and that his TB is treatable mitigates some of the worry, we must also remember that there are intense mental and psychological effects of such a diagnosis.”

If you would like to help the Mkoko family, you can do so in the following ways:

1) Email the family a message of hope and compassion. We have set up Mrs. Mkoko with a Gmail account that she can check periodically. Click here to email the Mkoko Family.

2) Donate to directly support Mr. Mkoko’s care. We have created a special fund for the Mkoko Family. We are not soliciting funds per se, but this is indeed a tangible way we can help; sometimes defining our fight is as simple as sustaining the efforts of others. Click here to donate

3) If you haven’t yet done so, download our letter and email your MP demanding that the UK fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and TB REACH.

Click here to read the full message from Jonathan Smith.


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