June 2021 Mag (Online) - Flipbook - Page 17
This prison has great brand new
buildings and nothing else. The
prison staff have requested a list of
furnishings for the medical clinic.
Sunrise is seeking donations locally to meet this need, as well as
increasing our prison medical
budget to provide these items.
Sunrise staff are concerned about
driving the greater distance daily as
the new prison is nearly twice as far
as the old one; however, they are
willing to give it a try. We are glad
In April 2021, the new pris- for the chance to influence the new
Cham prison medical clinic from its
province will be completed, inception.
and nearly half the inmates
and staff will move. Sunrise has There had been very litcommunity
the option of working at both pris- tle
ons or only one. Due to budgetary COVID-19 in Cambodia. However, in
restraints we must choose only February some visitors brought in
one, and due to onerous reporting one of the variants and now we are
requirements should we work in two seeing spread, although not yet in
provinces, we have chosen to work Kampong Cham province. It remains
only at the new Kampong Cham to be seen if COVID will enter the
prison to reduce our admin load. prison or how it will affect our work
there. We are all hoping that the
upcoming hot season as well as government efforts at contact tracing
spread. Vaccines are new to
Cambodia, but it is possible
that the government will make
them availble to charity workers
such as Sunrise staff soon. Thank
you for praying.
the provincial capital of Kampong Cham was not far from
the prison, which is now in
Tbong Khmum province, across
the bridge over the Mekong River.
Sunrise continued working at this
prison under special arrangements
with the local government, even
though our agreement with the
Ministry of Social Affairs gave us
permission to work in Kampong
NEPAL LEPROSY TRUST
eprosy is a disease
of poverty, associated with overcrowding,
poor diet, child malnutrition, poor sanitation and
housing, and lack of clean water.
It is transmitted by a bacterium,
and there is no vaccine. Until the
root cause of poverty is addressed,
leprosy will never disappear and
so it remains endemic in Nepal.
Photo: R. Thomas ©NLT
well as at the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital & Service Centre (LLHSC).
Many lessons have been learned
since the Centre opened in the
1990’s: two main ones being
the need to eliminate stigma in
the villages, and to improve the
lives of those affected by leprosy by giving them purpose and
hope. A holistic approach, combining medical services with
Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) has community health and developbeen working with people affect- ment has proven to be effective.
ed by leprosy for nearly 50 years.
Since leprosy often leads to im- The medical work at Lalgadh grew
pairment and disability, which lead quickly, and many patients with
to exclusion in Nepal, it causes leprosy presented for treatment,
psychological, social, economic often with terrible wounds and uland practical problems. Therefore, cers. They told stories of rejection
we provide not only diagnosis and by their families and communities,
medical help, but other interven- and our staff gained more undertions too - in the community as standing of the deeply-rooted social