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Vibha's story



Vibha has suffered from lymphatic filariasis (LF) in her right foot for ten years and in her left foot for two.  

Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic thread-like worms which are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

She first took treatment from a doctor in her village, but the swelling did not reduce and she also experienced acute attacks monthly. Acute attacks occur when an infection caused by LF reaches an infectious point, which results in fever and acute pain.

She then went to a physician who treated her for a further five years. 

Yet still the swelling and acute attacks persisted and by this point, Vibha had already spent 20,000 rupees. 

Lepra staff organised an Integrated Prevention of Disability camp with the support of an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) in her village. Vibha attended the camp and learned self-care, exercises to improve her health, and how to treat the entry lesion.

She also now uses specialist footwear provided free of charge by Lepra, does regular exercise and isfeeling much better. 

The swelling has reduced and she has not had an acute attack in over seven months. 
The entry lesion has also healed and she is much happier.  

The proactive work that Lepra provide helps people suffering with leprosy and LF get the treatment and rehabilitative care they so desperately need.  

Your gift can help provide more people like Vibha receive the help they need, and to allow people to return to their normal, happy lives. 

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