By Reina Wang, Maya Scully, Michael Fisher, Arthur Gao, III Form and Grace Zawadzki, V Form
Spread No More: The Effect Global Aid Has on the Spread of Tuberculosis
Editor’s Note: The Global Seminar teaching team works with all III Formers on an infectious disease project. This is a complex project that involves group work with other members of the III Form and with V Form biology mentors. The final result is exhibited in a poster session, allowing for visitors to do a gallery walk and have questions answered by the poster’s creators.
ABSTRACT: Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that threatens health and life throughout the history, but with the help of global aid, there has been a solution to decrease the number of contagious people, especially in developing countries. It is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is a bacteria mainly attacking lung surfaces since it spreads through air. Latent and active tuberculosis are two types of the disease, in which latent tuberculosis does not show any symptoms while active tuberculosis does. The most common treatment is a prescribed combination of isoniazid and rifampin, but it only works if the patient completes the procedure and takes the medicine regularly. With the assistance of global aid, there have been many non-governmental organizations (NGO) dedicated to the treatment of tuberculosis worldwide. They offer treatments and technologies to developing countries which does not have access to them. Even if the volunteers who work at the NGOs have the possibilities to carry the bacteria when traveling and spread it to other places, global aid has made huge progress in dealing with tuberculosis. Global aid will influence more and more countries so that tuberculosis will slowly be dissolved in the near future.
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Michael Fisher is a III Form day student from Westborough, MA. He enjoys playing hockey as well as attending classes.
Arthur Gao is a III Form boarding student from Shanghai, China.
Reina Wang is a III Form boarding student from Shanghai, China. She loves STEM, and her favorite activity is riding roller coasters.
Maya Scully is a III Form boarding student from New York City. She loves her dogs, skiing, and traveling around the world.
Grace Zawadzki is a V Form day student from Southborough MA, who is creatively, intellectually, and athletically motivated. Above all, she believes that life should be fun and spontaneous, so she’ll never say no to traveling or a sunset surf session after school.