Chitpur Leprosy Clinic

"Every two weeks they visit the Leprosy clinic to have their wounds dressed. The clinic is a makeshift affair, but the treatment is not. Only the most effective anti-leprosy drugs are dispensed while stumps and sores are expertly cleaned and bandaged. Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases, a disease often spoken about in the bible. It was not discovered in the modern world until 1869 by a missionary named Wellesley Bailey. When Bailey encountered leprosy for the very first time, he was stunned, he was quoted, “I almost shuddered ... yet at the same time I was fascinated, and I felt, if ever there was a Christ-like work in the world it was to go amongst these poor sufferers and bring them the consolation, the hope”. In the midst of the people suffering from the disease at Chitpur, one simply cannot agree more."


©Donna Todd

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Taken on March 19, 2009