Global & Disaster Medicine

Elephantiasis could soon be eradicated in Malawi


“……At least 10,000 people are still living with the crippling disease in Malawi, including 48-year-old Loveness Pitala, who developed the early stages of elephantiasis at the turn of the millennium.

The mother-of-six can no longer work and struggles to pay her children’s secondary school fees, let alone medical bills. But it’s the loneliness that has really destroyed her confidence – her husband left her when the swelling kicked in because he saw her as “disabled”……”

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