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The medical team comprising (left to right) Prof Stephen Chambers, Dr Jared Green, Dr Emma Trowbridge, Lala Gittoes, Jude Baker, Dr Nabura Ioteba, Dr Semi Kim, Jill Tomlinson and Dr Arturo Cunanan

Our Next Skin Camps in Kiribati!

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The dates have been set for our next skin camps in Kiribati!  These will be held on 15th, 16th and 17th June 2017.  Each skin camp will be held in a different part of South Tarawa to ensure coverage of as much of the population as possible.   Our previous skin camp (or clinic), which was… (read more)

For children under 5, Rifampicin is given as a liquid (followed by a treat!)

MDT Plus underway in Samoa

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The work of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation was the lead story in Samoa’s 6.00 p.m. news on Monday 27th September.  A Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health in Samoa was signed by Richard Gray (Chairman, Board of Trustees) and Leausa, Dr Take Naseri, Director General of the Ministry of Health and now the… (read more)

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Luisa Nasome

Monday, August 29th, 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Luisa Nasome, who has worked with us through the Leprosy Trust Board (Fiji) for 35 years, passed away on 12th August. Luisa dedicated her whole working life to the care of leprosy patients and their families in Fiji and she will be very… (read more)

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My recent visit to Kiribati- Jill Tomlinson

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I recently visited Kiribati with Dr Cunanan to work with the leprosy unit there on the implementation of their leprosy eradication action plan. There will be more on the exciting developments there in future posts but in this post I wanted to share some photos of the children who are affected by leprosy. Kiribati has the highest… (read more)

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Cyclone Pam

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

We have had news from our Field Supervisor in Vanuatu – he is based in Santo. There is much damage but generally Santo fared better than many of the other islands. We have sent funds so that as news comes in from patients in other areas he is able to assist them as needed. We are keeping… (read more)

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Pasifika Festival!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

This year the Foundation decided to invest in a stall at the Pasifika Festival in Auckland.  The purpose of this was two-fold; to raise awareness about leprosy in New Zealand and the Pacific Island nations, and to gain some possible new donors.  In order to get contact details from people, it was decided to run a competition which… (read more)

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Making a New Plan in Kiribati – Lala Gittoes

Monday, November 10th, 2014

In October I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to represent the Foundation at a National Leprosy Review Meeting in Kiribati.  This was jointly organised by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. Kiribati is one of only three nations in the Pacific who have not yet managed to eliminate leprosy as… (read more)

Jill and VearuJill Tomlinson exchanging gifts with Vearu Stevens

Visiting Vearu – Lala Gittoes

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

In June I had the privilege of visiting Vearu Stevens at her home in South Santo, Vanuatu. Vearu suffers from a severely dropped foot as a result of nerve damage caused by past active leprosy.  This makes it very difficult to walk, even with crutches and much of the time she relies on her hand-pedalled… (read more)