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Best of Global Activism: Helping Ecuadorans with Hansen's Disease

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Best of Global Activism: Helping Ecuadorans with Hansen's Disease

Sister Annie Credidio

Hansen's disease, commonly known as leprosy, is one of the most misunderstood diseases. 

Only 5% of the world is susceptible to infection by Hansen's disease.  The disease is easily treated through multi-drug antibiotic therapy.  Yet, age-old social stigmas prevent many from seeking treatment.  

The result of this is that over two million people worldwide are estimated to be permanently disabled by Hansen's disease.   

Sister Ann ie Credidio is the founder of Damien House.  It's a charitable hospital and clinic in Guayaquil , Ecuador for people with Hansen's disease.

In the late 80s, Sister Credidio began volunteering in the Hansen's wing of a hospital in Guayaquil .  She told Jerome how her experiences there led her to work with her friend Suzanne Belz to form Damien House.


Update:
Sister Annie told us that since her interview was aired in April, 27 patients have had the nerve reconstruction surgery.  They have had a 100% success rate with the surgery.   

Also a Chicago ophthalmologist went down to Ecuador after the broadcast and treated over 100 patients during her trip.  

Sister Annie hopes to have more doctors travel down to Damien House next year.

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