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 held in Betio at the end of last June, was a huge success.
Over the three months leading up to the camp, and at the camp itself, a hundred new cases of leprosy were diagnosed and started on treatment. This is a wonderful achievement, but we can’t be complacent – all the contacts of these new patients will need to be checked annually for the next five years to ensure that none of them have also developed leprosy.
Altogether, nearly 1000 patients visited the skin camp over a two-day period. The vast majority of these were suffering from fungal skin conditions, but there were a significant number with more severe problems, including leprosy.
We would like to give a big thank you to the volunteer medical staff who travelled to Kiribati to help with this event. They were Dr Nabura Ioteba, Dr Semi Kim, Dr Emma Trowbridge, Dr Jared Green, Professor Stephen Chambers and nurse Judith Baker. Their contribution was essential in assisting Dr Arturo Cunanan (our leprosy consultant) and the team from the Kiribati Leprosy Unit during our very busy two-day event.