By Janice Caza, The Leprosy Mission Australia International Programs Officer
Dr. Teem-Wing Yip is an Australian doctor who's been a supporter of the Leprosy Mission since she spent an elective with Heather and Trevor Smith in McKean Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre when she was a medical student. She's been living and working in Dili, Timor-Leste, since last year, first at an Australian-funded NGO, and currently with an international organisation as a public health specialist supporting the government's response to COVID-19. Back in March, there was a lot of anxiety about COVID-19. On afternoon the first case was announced, I suddenly noticed that most people were wearing masks and everyone was washing hands before going into shops. Security guards outside shops wouldn't let you in until you had washed your hands.
Many patients take Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) and are cured from leprosy within a year.
Once shunned due to leprosy, Joel is now a man with a vision. “I want to see people with leprosy access everything – education, and their rights!”
Afliana Lisnahan Reis (Nona), Country Leader, The Leprosy Mission Timor Leste
When Agustino’s sister, Nofia, was diagnosed and treated by The Leprosy Mission in Timor Leste, this family’s leprosy story didn’t just start or end there…