(IRIN) – Ihsanullah, 17 months, suffers from a virulent, drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, which has alarmed his father and challenged the doctors. “There are injections and so many pills,” said his father, Bismillah. “The baby sees everyday the doctors with a white coat coming to inject him, so he is afraid.” But despite the daily needles and pills, Ihsanullah is fortunate: his father left his job as a soldier in the north of Afghanistan so he could bring Ihsanullah to receive cutting-edge treatment at a specialised clinic in the southern province of Kandahar – the country’s ethnic Pashtun heartland and a former Taliban stronghold.