This is the story of people devoted to doing good to less fortunate beings, of how medicine and love cure and prevent diseases that torment the body and mind.
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Background: This is the story of people devoted to doing good to less fortunate beings, of how medicine and love cure and prevent diseases that torment the body and mind.
Rhodesia, though a young country, is well advanced in the treatment of illness among its people. The rehabilitation of spastic children by patience and physiotherapy, forms an important part of this work. Some of these may never be completely cured of this cruel disorder of the body, but most of them will have conquered some of their former inabilities.
With those striken by Poliomyelitis the recovery is likewise slow and labourious, but when the slightest improvement is made those administering the treatment are amply rewarded for the long days of ceaseless work, happy in the knowledge that they are helping a fellow being towards a fuller life.
One limb of these health organisations is the African Society for the Physically Handicapped. Starting from humble beginnings this rapidly growing association of doctors and horses, driven on by the inspiration of the founder, Jarios Jiri, trains both blind and crippled persons in a worthwhile trade, such as shoe or bag making, or shoe repairing. In addition those who are blind are taught to read Braille by a blind instructor.
At Bulawayo the Rhodesian Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis conducts mass X-ray programmes aimed at preventing as far as possible the course of this dreadful disease. Up to two thousand people a month are being examined in this way, and those in need of treatment are given help in maintaining their families during their convalesance.
The slogan, 'Prevention is better than cure' has been fully embedied by this association, and gradually the number of Rhodesians dying from Tuberculosis is diminishing day by day.