Nick Kristoff is an op-ed writer for the NY Times with a focus on human rights and social justice. Visiting Africa frequently, Kristoff often writes about the issues of poverty, economics and aid on the ground in many developing nations. In this piece, he tells the story of some of the successes in fighting body-altering diseases such as trachoma, polio, and leprosy.
In Kenya, the arrival of the water wells funded by Jacob’s Well assisted in fighting diseases and preventing blindness caused by not having enough water to wash one’s face. Kristoff’s article speaks to the power of development in fighting disease.