“LEPRA saved the life of my child”
Nine year old Shanti lives in a slum in the Jeypore Municipality, Koraput District, Orissa state India. Until recently she was regularly missing school as a result of undiagnosed Tuberculosis (TB).
After a month of trying to treat her symptoms with sandalwood paste applied to the enlarged nymph nodes under her arms and on her neck she was brought by her mother to LEPRA’s Koralep project. Here she was diagnosed with extra-pulmonary TB and began treatment.
Speaking in the local language her mother, a daily wage earner in a factory, tells us, “LEPRA saved the life of my child. We are a very poor family, so we have no ideas about many things. We cannot afford TB treatment. LEPRA supports us for all types of illnesses without cost.”
To LEPRA’s supporters in the UK she says, “Special thanks for your help, it is difficult to spell out all your kindness. Because of you my daughter got cured.”
“I suddenly realised that my illness could be malaria.”
LEPRA's social mobilisation against malaria, Guatemala