The team commencing their 6 hour road journey to Koraput from the Bay of Bengal. Jean Haslam (my teaching colleague) in front & Ros Kerry (Lepra's organiser in Scotland) behind.
The Eastern Ghat mountains, where Koraput is situated, in the background.
4 familiar sights on Indian roads - cows, bicycles, rickshaws and motor bikes. It's amazing how whole families fit on one motor bike; our best sighting was a family of 9 with a pet dog
The area around Koraput in the dry season, complete with trees and red devonian sandstone
The area around Koraput in the dry season, still fertile and hilly.
Another of the local inhabitents!
Traffic on the main road to Koraput.
The main road to Koraput - Orissa's M25
Statistics about the work done at Koraput
TB is another prevalent disease in the area and often opens the door to leprosy. This van is a cheap but effective way of describing the symptons and spreading the message that early testing and treatment is essential. It is simply a white van with a cardboard poster attached on each side - this side is in the local language, the other is in English
The sample testing lab - basic but effective
The testing lab - basic but effective
A visit to a local village to spread the message that early testing and detection is vital. Some of the people had never seen a white man before, let alone one a foot taller!
Post operative physiotherapy for this lady. Practising her eye muscle strengthening exercises in a mirror
As it develops leprosy causes a lot of nerve damage and victims can often be unaware that they have cut or burnt themselves. Thus infected foot wounds and ulcers are a huge problem. Individually designed footwear is a cheap and effective way of helping people
This man makes all the shoes and is a highly skilled cobbler. Again the room is basic but he has what he needs
Simple post operative hand muscle strengthening tools
The various simple foot and hand aids
The number of shoes that our man has made over the years! The declining numbers show how the policy of early intervention is beginning to work
This is what it appears to be! What better way to show how nothing is wasted at Koraput and that our money goes a long, long way
The residential block at Korraput. Ground floor is the Leprosy ward, upstairs the HIV/Aids ward - often a place where people can come to die with dignity and people around them, rather than alone in the gutter
All the current patients at the time were made to listen to me - poor buggers
Note the eyes of the lady handing me my memorial certificate. Leprosy attacks the eye muscles and makes them roll back into their sockets, often leading to blindness if untreated
This lovely lady was instantly divorced and cast out onto the streets by her husband when he found out that she had leprosy. She kept her child, but only because it was a girl..
This now sits proudly on my study wall at home
About to unveil the in situ commerative plaque
Here we go....
The commerative plaque on the ground floor wall of the residential block
Inside the residential block. Once again things are basic but effective
Information about who was in residence that day
A reminder that disease makes no allowances for youth
My present from the staff. The peacock is the national bird of India.
The residential block from another side
A missionary christian church in a local village
Uptown Koraput on a Saturday night. Cows roaming free are everpresents on the streets of India
The journey begins. 7.30am departure by bus from Johnshaven to Montrose
Then a 2 hour train journey to Glasgow
In order to catch the 1.30pm flight from Glasgow Airport to Dubai. A change of plane and then on to Hyderabad, arriving 4am GMT the next morning
Next day an early morning internal flight to Visak on the east coast by the Bay of Bengal, followed by 6 hours in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Arrive in Koraput nearly 53 hours after leaving Johnshaven