Damien House is a residential hospital located in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Damien House exists to provide care and help dispel the stigma of those affected by Hansen's Disease (Leprosy). Run on private donations, Damien House provides round the clock care for over 30 in-house residents and free medical care for over 700 outpatients. Those who live at Damien House are unable to live independently due to complications from the disease or because the stigma prevents them from returning home.
The spirit and will of its patients and staff is truly a miracle. Many
of the patients live at Damien House because they are no longer welcome
in society. However, if caught early, Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) can be
treated and completely cured. All of the residents at Damien House have
been completely cured of the disease. Many are living with the secondary
complications of the disease. Hansen's Disease is one of the oldest and
most misunderstood diseases of our world.
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To provide complete medical care for patients of Hansen's Disease
To help patients live a life of dignity and love no matter what their situation may be
To help patients return to living full lives
To provide public education, to dispel the myths regarding the disease, to allow earlier treatments, and to minimize complications
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Many residents make various arts and crafts to sell. Damien House is lucky
to be a popular destination for those looking to help. When visitors leave
the Damien House to return home, they help one last time by purchasing
the arts and crafts that the residents have made. These make great gifts
for their loved ones at home and great mementos for their fufilling experience
at Damien House.