Last month, Dr. Dan Cranston (Board Member) and Regina Cranston came out for a week to serve with our team in Papua New Guinea. One of the main needs that prompted the Cranstons’ trip was that of Mendam village, where a chronic infection called Yaws had spread to a large portion of the community. Yaws is transmitted through direct contact and causes painful sores to appear on the body, which can lead to disfigurement or disability, but can be treated with a single dose of an antibiotic. Our team was able to treat 70 people but recognizes it may take one or two more outreaches to completely eradicate Yaws there.
“When we thought we had treated everyone with the infection, we would find another person who hadn’t been treated yet. It was hard because most of them didn’t see the urgency since they had been dealing with [Yaws] for so long. It was like they were used to it or it had almost become a part of their identity.” - Regina Cranston