Raxaul, Bihar, Mar 18 (IBNS): Commemorating ordinary women with extraordinary achievements everywhere, TV network CNN IBN awarded its 'Real Hero' honour to Kabita Bhattarai who battles leprosy in a remote corner of Bihar near the border with Nepal.
Almost single-handedly, Harvard graduate Kabita, reaches out to those affected by leprosy while managing 21 colonies housing the patients, providing free education to over 1000 children living in Raxaul and teaching vocational skills.
In an ashram set up by her mentor Baba Christodas near the Bihar-Nepal border under the Little Flower organisation, she has treated nearly half a million patients for free in her 240-bed leprosy hospital.
Leprosy is one of the least infectious diseases today, mainly because nearly all of the population have natural immunity against it.
Nevertheless, stigma against the disease due to its disfiguring effects causes its victims to be isolated and shunned.
It is also the leading cause of permanent disability and is primarily a disease of the poor which makes it harder to get treatment.