Leprosy in Antalaha

image“Assist people with leprosy” -made by a CALA villager cured of leprosy and handicapped as a result of not catching the disease in time. This is all made from the raffia palm tree leaves.

Some of the woman in the village are very creative and spend most of their day creating jewelry, placemats, hats and baskets from seeds, nuts, leaves and natural fibres. Here are some examples. image

-“While the patients in the two remaining CALA leprosy villages in Antalaha enjoy free health care and schooling for their children and grandchildren, thanks to the support of donors, and some earn a living by working in the village and at Macolline planting nurseries, the newer patients struggle with the consequences of their disease without any assistance. Families lack the means to support a non-productive member of the household and patients with families of their own, cannot support them.” —Taken from an article in the IRIN; an award-winning humanitarian news and analysis service covering the parts of the world often under-reported, misunderstood or ignored.

I urge you to read this article in full and more about the villages that JHA FUND supports by clicking on the link below.

http://www.irinnews.org/report/93824/madagascar-leprosy-making-a-comeback

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