Lamine, Côte d’Ivoire

Berte and her husband wake up early every day to sell fish in their village in Côte d’Ivoire. The couple was so excited when their son Lamine was born. He was smiley and playful. He brought them a lot of joy.

But when Lamine was just a year old, his mother noticed a small bump on his elbow. “At first I gave him traditional medicine,” says Berte, “but after two weeks it wasn’t working.” The bump was growing, and Lamine was in a lot of pain.

So Berte took Lamine and headed across the river by boat to our partner clinic. When they arrived, Lamine was diagnosed with the flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer.

Lamine and his mother Berte at our partner clinic. He has received the cure and care, thanks to you!

At first, Berte was very afraid. But, thanks to your compassionate support, the trained staff took good care of them, and Lamine started to receive free antibiotics right away.

Berte says, “I was very relieved when I realized I didn’t have to pay anything for the treatment. The treatment here is very good – the swelling was much bigger when we first arrived. Now Lamine sleeps very well, and smiles a lot. He’s playful again! I just want to thank everyone for taking care of my son.”

Thank you for providing the cure and expert care for little Lamine!