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 rate of leprosy in the Pacific. With a population of just over one hundred thousand the detection rate of 140 new cases last year and 44 so far this year means that they are well above the World Health Organisation elimination target of less than 1 case per 10,000 population. The high rate of transmission means that many children are affected by leprosy. Fortunately, a new strategy of screening children at their school means that most of the children with leprosy are being diagnosed. These photos show children who have been on treatment for a few months. They all came in to be checked while we were visiting and all are doing well.

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