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.
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
We are always encouraging Kindwitwi to develop relationships with different donors and individuals that want to support Kindwitwi in other areas of village life and development besides leprosy related aspects.
"One of our supporters is called Mr. Johana, he comes from South Korea and lives in a village in the area called Nyamwage.
Mr Johana provides 20kgs of maize flour to the elders of the village once a month.
The elders are very grateful for this support and would like to formally acknowledge his support."Click to read full story