With PWS&D support, the Banke Clinic treats people living with leprosy, TB and other illnesses in a very poor region of Nepal.

In partnership with International Nepal Fellowship (INF), PWS&D is supporting the Banke Clinic to bring health and hope to people affected by tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy. Additionally, nutrition, skin, dental, gynecological and HIV and AIDS care are provided to those in need.

Clinic staff tackle the pervasive problem of severe malnutrition by providing therapeutic feeding and intensive care for suffering children, education for families and follow-up visits to ensure child health is maintained. INF uses local media (radio and newspapers) to raise awareness about TB, leprosy and nutrition. This encourages people to visit the clinic and reduces stigma and discrimination towards people living with these conditions.

Work is carried out in surrounding villages to improve nutrition and raise awareness of basic health and hygiene practices. Community members will often seek treatment for TB, leprosy, malnutrition and other illnesses from traditional healers. When their health continues to deteriorate they turn to the Banke Clinic for treatment and, with time, their health improves.

After helping patients overcome illness, INF will empower individuals to learn vocational skills and establish livelihoods to support themselves and their families.

Sita’s Story

Sita nurses her newborn. Photo: CWSA

While working at her tailoring shop in Nepal, Sita noticed her hands were starting to feel numb and looked strangely white. As the numbness worsened, Sita grew very sick and weak. Unfortunately, the doctors she visited were unable to diagnose her illness. The future looked a little brighter when Sita learned she was pregnant and eventually delivered a healthy baby girl—but the onset of a severe fever shortly after shattered her fragile hope. Sita tried one last hospital where she diagnosed with leprosy and referred to the Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported Banke Clinic for treatment. There, a hopeful journey to recovery got its start. “I am getting good treatment, nutritious food, and care from the staff,” reports Sita.

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