Posts Tagged ‘Leprosy’

The inspiring life of Ruth Pfau, leprosy doctor

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

When it comes to Christians, news from Pakistan in recent years has seldom been good. An increasingly beleaguered minority in an Islamic republic, they have become targets of harassment and violent attacks, often motivated by tensions and conflicts between Islamists and the West on the world stage. This week, however, brings a notable exception. On Read more

Pakistan’s Mother Teresa to have a state funeral

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The government of Pakistan will hold a state funeral on 19 August for “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa” – a German nun who devoted her life to eradicating Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, who was a member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary died last week at the age of 87. Pakistani Read more

Leprosy on the increase in the Pacific

Friday, June 13th, 2014

A resurgence in the number of cases of leprosy throughout the Pacific has experts saying the disease is far from eradicated there. The number of new cases has been growing during the past four years. Recently there has been an outbreak of leprosy affecting 24 people living in displaced people’s centres in Honiara. Over the Read more

Difference is no barrier to harmony

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Outside a lepers’ colony in Navi Mumbai, India, is a small chapel. Painted in both Hindi and English on the outside of the chapel, it reads: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples”. The chapel welcomes people of all faiths, and is visited by lepers who have been rejected from Read more

St Marianne Cope – another Pacific Island saint

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

On Sunday Blessed Marianne Cope was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica. St Marianne died in 1918 of kidney and heart disease at age 80. She dedicated 30 years of her life, from 1888 to 1918, helping Hawaiian-born patients suffering with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) who were exiled to the Kalaupapa peninsula Read more

Solomon Islands reaches leprosy elimination stage

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Solomon Islands has reached the World Health Organisation’s target for the elimination of leprosy. However, Director for TB and Leprosy, Doctor Edwin Daiwo, says there are still some hot spots of the disease in parts of the country. Listen to Radio Australia

Suicide is the new leprosy

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

In recent times two films, Another Earth and Melancholia, have given sensitive treatment to the subjects of depression and suicide.  As well, Nothing Prepared Me For This, has  been published. It is a book that brings together the writings of a number of relations and friends of people who have committed suicide. In a recent Read more

Fiji’s Twomey Hospital celebrates 100 years

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Fiji’s P J Twomey Hospital celebrated 100 year of existence on Tuesday. The hospital which was originally built on Makogai Island in the Lomaiviti Group has been the destination for the treatment of leprosy since 1911. Two new leprosy wards, the Karuru Ward and the Mother Mary Agnes Ward were  opened as part of the Read more