Rakib is only 11 years old but he has already experienced a persistent cough, fever and severe weakness.

At first, doctors near his small village in the Pabna district of Bangladesh did not recognise what the symptoms meant. The treatment they suggested made no difference and Rakib felt worse. He had to stay at home and not run around outside and play games like the other children in the village. His mother was very worried but didn’t know where to turn for help. She didn’t have money to pay for Rakib to see another doctor.

Eventually, a Lepra community volunteer, visiting the village, noticed the symptoms and referred him to a healthcare clinic. The illness was confirmed as tuberculosis (TB).

Rakib soon started to feel much better because of the prescribed drugs. He has returned to school and can play with his friends.