INDIA - A mission among Mumbai lepers fighting disease and fear [AN]

Sister Bertilla Capra is a missionary of the Immaculate Conception, a female congregation associated with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). She has run the Vimala Dermatological Centre in Mumbai since 1981. Founded in 1976, the centre is one of the city’s most important medical facilities for leprosy patients. Over the years, it has treated 16,407 patients, conducted localised checks, and provided information, treatment and rehabilitation. Funding comes from Italy and Germany, but has been declining in recent years. The centre relies on the nuns and the “work of our hands”.

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