In the Solomon Islands, although we do not currently have a “Field Supervisor” as such, the work is done by Elsie Taloafiri, in conjunction with her full-time post as the National Co-ordinator for Community Based Rehabilitation. Her work in the CBR unit means that she is in regular contact with those who have been disabled by leprosy and is in a perfect position to assess their social and welfare requirements.
We also work in New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji and Kiribati.
New houses for former leprosy patients are now built to a standard plan in the Solomon Islands saving a huge amount of time and money.
This former leprosy sufferer has just collected her Christmas hamper – we try to ensure that everyone gets a little extra at Christmas time.
Getting building materials to the building site can require a huge variety of transport – from trucks and ships to little boats like these – finishing off with porters carrying the materials to the village.
Dr Cunanan (leprosy consultant) examines a patient’s hands for signs of ulcers – sometimes, working in the field means exactly that!