week 12 of 2018

week12Artwork of the week is Takawira John, POISONED MAN. Dimensions 170x36x39 cm 1978. It is part of NGZ permanent collection.

This week the National Gallery of Zimbabwe celebrates World Tuberculosis Day. This day, observed on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness

about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. During the period of 2000-2005, over 49 million lives were saved through effective diagnosis and treatment. Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide and in 2016, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.7 million died from the disease including 0.4 million people that are infected with HIV/AIDS. Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is among the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been working towards ensuring that those who suffer from the disease are not discriminated against, but are provided with the social support they need. There is also the need for the health workers to operate in a safe environment. The protection of human rights, ethics and equity are among the principles which reinforce WHO’s End TB Strategy. It is however not easy to apply these as patients, communities, health workers, policy makers and other stakeholders frequently face conflicts and ethical dilemmas in assisting people that have Tuberculosis. The artwork above shows a skeletal looking man. The title of the artwork “Poisoned man” somehow refers to TB being the poison that has affected mankind leaving them skeletal and at the edge of death. Most people suffering from the disease tend to lose weight which is one of the signs and symptoms of someone affected by TB.

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