November 19, 2014

Bihar state is one of India’s most populous and impoverished states. It’s also the national epicenter for cases of visceral eishmaniasis or Kala Azar, ‘black fever’ as it’s known locally. Kala Azar is spread through the bite of the sand fly – untreated it is fatal. Local people are often unaware of the disease, and when they experience symptoms such as high fever they usually turn to local unqualified medical advisors, who are unable to give them the right medicines.