Keshari Bohara wasn’t sure why she felt numbness, or why she had an ulcer on her hand. She had been taking the herbs prescribed to her by a traditional healer for three years but they didn’t seem to be making things better. Then the 58-year-old walked into the Shining Hospital and received the answers she had been waiting for.
The staff at the hospital told Keshari that her symptoms were due to leprosy and now she is taking the right medication for her condition. Keshari is rejoicing that her ulcer is getting better, thanks to the proper care and training she received.
The Shining Hospital, PWS&D’s partner in Nepal, ensures timely diagnosis for patients living with leprosy and tuberculosis, and connects them with appropriate care. In 2018, through mobile outreach clinics raising awareness of the free treatment provided by the hospital, the project directly impacted 158 patients who, like Keshari, live with undiagnosed skin conditions.
Shining Hospital does more than just help people with their physical problems—by ensuring correct diagnoses and eliminating costs such as those for traditional healers, patients are protected financially.
This was true for Dal Bahadur Thapa, who had unexplained complications from a failed leprosy treatment. Dal’s travels in search of a solution cost him a great deal of money, until he arrived at Shining Hospital.
Since meeting with the staff, Dal knows the nature of his complications from leprosy and is happy to be receiving treatment near his wife and son.
Every day, more Nepali people learn about leprosy and tuberculosis through Shining Hospital’s clinics and outreach camps—slowing the spread of contagious diseases, as well as the stigma that can make life harder for people like Keshari and Dal.
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Banner photo: INF health facilities. Credit: International Nepal Fellowship