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Overseas volunteering leprosy

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Salanne, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Salanne

    Salanne Member

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    I am very interested in celebrating my 50th Birthday next March by offering my podiatry skills in a leprosy project overseas. Does anyone have any good contacts - I have been in touch with Lepra but they seem to need 6 weeks min which is too long out of my practice.

    Would love any advice or suggestions.

  2. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    WOW: And what would your SECOND choice be?

    When I turned 50 a few of my friends rented a limo and we went out for a dinner/party. Great time.

    I'm trying not to be too insensitive here, but your post just struck me as something I'd see on Monty Python!

  3. Anthony Lewis

    Anthony Lewis Active Member

    Hello Salanne,

    A handful of Aussie podiatrists, including myself, have respectively spent time in India with a leprosy focused organisation called the Bombay Leprosy Project. I couldn't recommend the staff more highly for their professionalism, foward thinking nature, compassion and hospitality. Their website is:


    Mumbai is perhaps not the most desired travel destination at the moment. Despite apparent drawbacks the experience from a professional and personal viewpoint was nonetheless priceless.

  4. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Salanne,

    Unsure if the following link is any use but may be another avenue to explore for further contacts: http://www.vsointernational.org/vso-today/

    Good luck.

  5. Salanne

    Salanne Member

    Ahhh you are just adventurous enough Steve - and yes I watch Life of Brian everynight.....I am that sad.

    All the best
  6. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    Life of Brian.......... fairly uplifting wouldn't you say?
    Good luck.
  7. Anthony Nicholl

    Anthony Nicholl Welcome New Poster

    If you're interested in Brazil, I could put you in touch with a number of possibilities.
    Easiest from my point of view would be at the Lauro de Souza Lima Institute here in Bauru - but there's projects in Rio and Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and the Northeast. How long are you thinking of staying?
  8. krome

    krome Active Member

    One of our current 2nd year podiatry students at AUT University, New Zealand has been awarded two grants to attend the leprosy clinic in Nepal this X-mas. This is a great opportunity for the student and will come back with a wealth of experience.
  9. Lucy Best

    Lucy Best Member

    The New Hope Rural Community Trust in India does lots of work with people with leprosy. The project started with leprosy and now covers a wide range of other needs. They are based in Orissa in small towns and it is all run by local people. I worked there for 6 months in 1986 and had a great experience. http://www.newhopeindia.org e-mail them at indianewhope@yahoo.co.uk
    Eliazer Rose is the person to contact. Say you got their info from Lucy Best.

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