Dr. Diarra Boubacar, Healing Touch

Sonntag, 16. Juni 2019 11:01

„Born in the African country of Mali, Diarra continued a family tradition of training to be a doctor at Malian Medical College, earning his degree in 1984. He was granted a full scholarship in the former Soviet Union for further study, but instead he turned to a government-sponsored program to study in China.(...) Since Diarra arrived in Yunnan in 1999, he has treated at least 5,000 leprosy and AIDS patients, and trained 1,140 doctors for rural clinics in Honghe, Lijiang city, and Nujiang Lisu autonomous prefecture. Diarra also distributes medicine and healthcare necessities donated by the World Health Organization, via a nonprofit organization in Italy. The WHO has made a multi-drug treatment for leprosy available worldwide since 1995.

Historical texts suggest leprosy was first identified in the ancient civilizations of China, India and Egypt, according to the World Health Organization, but the disease was officially eliminated at the national level in China in 1982. That means there is less than one case per 100,000 population, but in subtropical pockets of the country's southwest, the condition lingers.“

Dr. Diarra Boubacar

A Malian doctor combines modern and traditional medicine to ease the suffering of leprosy and AIDS patients in Southwest China, Hu Yongqi reports from Kunming, Yunnan province.