Leprosy is a deadly disease that disfigures, disables, and distances sufferers from their communities and even their families. Some cultures consider it a curse, further isolating victims. Your gift provides medicine to stop the pain and suffering and ensure it doesn't spread to family members, medical supplies and wound care, caregiver training and support, and education about leprosy to prevent isolation.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Almost a quarter of a million people are infected with leprosy each year, according to the World Health Organization. In Somalia, thousands of people suffer from leprosy in isolation, often being shunned by others. Many go undiagnosed because of lack of awareness about symptoms and how the disease is spread. Leprosy spreads when bacteria enter the body, through nasal mucus or an open wound. Medicine and training helps stop the spread of the disease in sufferers and family members.
How will this project solve this problem?
Faaduma was infected with leprosy by her husband, who died from the disease. She lost her limbs, her dignity, her income, her relationships. We found Faaduma-her body ravaged by infection-on the outskirts of her village, alone. For the first time, she learned the truth about her disease. She learned there was help available for her. Best of all, she received free medicine to halt the disease, and ensure it doesn't spread to her children. This project will help reach more people like Faaduma.
Potential Long Term Impact
Medical treatment can halt leprosy, and ensure it doesn't spread to other family members. By educating families and communities about the cause and nature of leprosy, we can address the fear and ignorance that stigmatizes sufferers. You can help to instill compassion for rejected people longing for a human touch. Your gift will provide medicine, trained caregiver support, wound care, and supplies for someone with leprosy. This project will help 100 people affected by leprosy.
Total Funding Received to Date: $0
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $0 . The original project funding goal was $4,300.