Rufiji Leprosy Trust is a charitable trust supporting the Kindwitwi Leprosy Care Centre in the Rufiji area of Tanzania.
The care centre assists in:
~ finding and treating people living with leprosy in the Rufiji area
~ supporting people all people affected by leprosy throughout the Rufiji area
~ promoting self-sufficiency of people living with leprosy and their families.
As leprosy is curable, many think the disease is no longer a problem, however it is listed as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) by the World Health Organisation, which means it is especially common in some of the world’s poorest areas.
The Trust prides itself on being totally managed by volunteer Trustees; the only paid employees are those who carry out the Trust’s work in Tanzania.
He started the 270 mile walk in Edale, Derbyshire and finished in Kirk Yetholm, Scotland.
This was a walk down memory lane for Richard as he did it back in August 1980. "It was much more enjoyable this time, as I had a comfortable bed and hot water every night", said Richard. "Being a bit older I was able to appreciate the scenery and nature more, and it was great to be away from the phone for so long!"
Nonetheless, it's a tough walk with more than 30,000 feet of ascent.
"Although I had done quite a bit of training, nothing can prepare you for walking day after day for 18 days, much of it on broken ground. It took a toll on my feet as well as my left shin, which made some of the walking quite painful. I would soak my feet every night in cold water."
Walking the Way solo, Richard said there were some long days, none more so than the punishing 27 mile trek across the Cheviots on the final day.
"I started that morning at 5am!," he said.
"I had had 2 other longish days and each time I had left at 6am and found the early morning to be the best time to walk as there was nobody about, except the wildlife. It was unfortunate that it decided to snow that day. Fortunately it was quite flaky so I didn't get too wet. But it was very cold. And that was Bank Holiday Monday!"
A huge thank you to Richard for undertaking this epic walk for us. His my donate page is still open for donations, so if you’d like to donate, you can do so here.Click to read full story
Salum, our village shoemaker shares with us some news from the village.
"Climate change is starting to affect many parts of the world and Tanzania is no different. We are experiencing more erratic weather throughout the year and, more often than not, hotter temperatures.
Our administrative office previously had a low roof, however, this led to the building becoming incredibly hot to the point of being unusable.
The roof had not been changed in many years and was suffering from general wear and tear.
We have replaced and raised the roof and the building is now a much cooler and more comfortable place to work. In the pictures below you can see the work being done to raise the level of the roof and then the finished building."
We are sad to inform our readers that weather has not been good to the region over the past months and has damaged the rice that we planted between December and January.
For the past two months we have had no rain, which has caused the rice to turn brown.
Below you can see an example of what the impact of the drought on the rice.Click to read full story
Salum, Kindwitwi's shoemaker shares with us the latest in Leprosy prevention and treatment
During those trips, we detected three cases of leprosy. Two were female and one was male.
This method, which we call ‘active case finding’, was carried out by the DTLC Dr. Rogers Nnally, myself (Salum) and the clinical officer of the dispensary of each village selected.
In the picture (right) you can see a skin patch, which is one of the key symptoms we look for when identifying leprosy."Click to read full story