With PWS&D support, the Shining Hospital 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 Shining Hospital to bring health and hope to people affected by tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy.

INF uses local media (radio and newspapers) to raise awareness about TB and leprosy. This encourages people to visit the hospital and reduces stigma and discrimination towards people living with these conditions.

Work is carried out in surrounding villages to raise awareness of basic health and hygiene practices. Community members will often seek treatment for TB, leprosy and other illnesses from traditional healers. When their health continues to deteriorate they turn to the Shining Hospital 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.

Jumai at the Shining Hospital. Photo: Community World Service Asia

A Warm Welcome for Jumai

Whenever Jumai went out into his Nepali village, he would be cruelly mocked over the hallmark signs of his disease—ulcers and sore patches and swollen legs.  Jumai was living with leprosy and couldn’t afford to pay for ongoing treatment. Visiting the PWS&D-supported Shining Hospital changed everything. When Jumai was admitted, he was struck by something more than the timely service and quality medical care—the love and acceptance he felt was a welcome relief after years of shame and judgement. “I feel at home in this hospital,” says Jumai. “I receive such good care.” Filled with thanks for PWS&D, Jumai looks forward to a better future.