Gabriel, Nigeria

He tells us, “It was about 1988, I saw this colour reaching across my body and face, but it was small – very small.” At the time, the hospital staff were not very knowledgeable about leprosy. Though Gabriel was correctly diagnosed, he was given nothing more than a prescription – no care, no counsel and certainly no compassion.

“I was depressed and ashamed – I couldn’t go near people,” Gabriel remembers. “I wasn’t comfortable presenting myself with this condition. I felt like my dignity was diminished.”

Gabriel was injured 6 years later and the wound quickly became infected. In time, he developed an unsightly ulcer that refused to heal. Thankfully, he came to our partner hospital in Okegbala, Nigeria. 

This time, Gabriel is receiving the proper care and respect he deserves. Though the infection is serious, the doctors and nurses continue to give Gabriel hope. The road to recovery will be long and his damaged spirit needs healing, but Gabriel is in a good place.

Nigeria

The people of Kwara State, Nigeria live in extreme poverty. They struggle to pay the fees government hospitals charge for treatment and medication. Our team is helping people with leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, Buruli ulcer and other preventable diseases of poverty by strengthening Nigeria’s health system to diagnose and treat those in need.

Cure Someone of Leprosy

Early diagnosis and cure is the best method we currently have for leprosy affected patients. In order to reduce disability and stigma caused by this fully-curable disease, health workers, community members and government workers are trained for early detection, proper treatment, and stigma reduction. Leprosy awareness education sessions and workshops are also held for the public. For those who already attained disabilities due to leprosy, our programs provide protective footwear and assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.
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