For Gorle in India, his long journey with leprosy began over 18 years ago. He had been suffering from a fever when a Leprosy Mission medical camp visited his village and diagnosed his condition as leprosy.
When Suklal, a builder in India, first noticed patches on his arms and hands, and his fingers beginning to seize up, he thought it was due to the colder weather — as he worked outside a lot.
Kila runs a fish business in Papua New Guinea. When The Leprosy Mission Papua New Guinea started visiting her village, the staff helped her further develop her skills. Now she is sharing her knowledge by mentoring people affected by leprosy and disability — thanks to your support!
When you purchase Organic Assam Black Tea from The Leprosy Mission Shop, you are directly supporting a small tea farming family in India – and helping people affected by leprosy!
At the start of the 21st century, leprosy was declared eliminated as a public health problem in Papua New Guinea. This meant less than 1 new case of leprosy per 10,000 people.
Thresia lives in Papua New Guinea. She was diagnosed with leprosy when she was just 8 years old.