David Rochkind is a photographer based in Haiti. For the past 4 years he has been working on a project about the global TB epidemic, and recently developed the work into an educational website and curriculum for high schools that teaches about TB and public health in the developing world. Prior to Haiti, David was based in Venezuela and Mexico, and he has an extensive body of work from Latin America.
BAKUBA, SOUTH AFRICA - M.M. worked at a gold mine for 24 years before being released in 2008 when a medical exam showed that he was co-infected with TB and HIV. In South Africa TB is the biggest killer among people with HIV. Nearly one third of annual TB fatalities are among people living with HIV. Here, a priest prays for him to get better at the African Gospel Church in his hometown of Bakuba.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO - Friends and family grieve during the funeral for two sisters who were killed in a massacre at a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez. Ciudad Juarez has seen the most violence in Mexico, with more than 3,000 murders in 2010.
LA OROYA, PERU - The chimney at the Doe Run-Peru metallurgical plant emits toxic gasses 24 hours a day that severely damage the health of people living next to the plant. Studies have shown that the majority of children in La Oroya have lead in their blood; it is not uncommon for children to have quantities up to 5 times the World Health Organization’s permissible amount. Children and adults alike suffer from headaches, body aches, fatigue and respiratory problems.