Long Term Medical Support and Growth Hormone Treatment for Children, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
In 2005 shortly after the tsunami, Dr. Martina Fuchs, met Madumekala, an adolescent girl suffering from panhypopituitarism. At age 11, Madu was the height of a three year old. In an unsupported gesture of compassion, Dr. Fuchs chose to fund Madu's treatment for growth hormone therapy through Ruhuna Medical College. While over the next two years as this program expanded to care for 5 children suffering from similar conditions, it was impossible to predict that this one act of compassion would initiate a country wide program to identify over 40 more children suffering from this type of congenital disorder and move a pharmaceutical distributor, A. Baurs Inc. LTD to negotiate with Serono, the manufacturer of the drug, the lowest price for growth hormone available in the global market today.