Islanders Help Fight Leprosy in Mozambique

People in the Isle of Man have been thanked for their part in helping to consign the world’s oldest disease to the history books.

The Isle of Man has long supported the work of The Leprosy Mission, which has launched The Unconditional Appeal to help rid Mozambique of leprosy.

On Friday February 26, 106 people attended The Leprosy Mission’s annual quiz held at The Promenade Methodist Church in Douglas, raising around £1,800 to help people with leprosy in Mozambique. The Unconditional Appeal has been awarded UK Aid Match funding meaning every pound given before 24 April is matched by the UK government. 

Mozambique is ranked among the poorest countries and is one of the world’s least developed nations. Around two thirds of the population live under the poverty line of US$1.90 a day.

Leprosy hides in remote villages like Zaina’s in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique’s troubled northern province. There are no doctors in Namatua, and medical care is scarce. 

Paul Moores, Regional Manager for the Isle of Man, thanked the quiz goers as well as churches and individuals who have supported The Unconditional Appeal.

He said: ‘The Covid-19 virus and lockdown in England meant that I couldn’t do my annual February trip to spend time with the people of the Isle of Man this year. But thanks to the wonders of technology I was very honoured to host Friday’s quiz via Zoom.

‘It was huge fun and I was very excited, while at the same time a little envious, for people in the Isle of Man being able to meet in person again. My visit to the Isle of Man is one of the highlights on my calendar every year and I love being a part of a lively quiz night. It is a joy to be able to tell the Isle of Man people the very real difference they are making to so many lives across Asia and Africa.

‘It is very timely that we have a great film made by Dame Darcey Bussell to share with people in the Isle of Man this year, at a time when sadly I can’t visit the Isle of Man. I send my heartfelt thanks to everyone on the Isle of Man making real inroads to ending leprosy in Mozambique.’

The quiz had 16 teams from churches across the island and the winning team was The Tommies from St Thomas’ Church in Douglas.