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The remoteness of Mwata-Yamvo was evident as it was about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometres) from the coast, 500 miles (805 kilometres) away from the Northern Rhodesian border and 100 miles (160 kilometres) away from the border of Angola.A day after his marriage, Piper and his wife sailed to London and to acquire additional equipment for the journey.He worked for the Mission Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the most remote mission station near Kapanga in the Belgian Congo. Piper helped the Lunda tribe battle malaria, sleeping sickness, and leprosy, among many other diseases.In 1925, he encouraged use of tryparsamide to cure sleeping sickness.
He took an absence to care for his diabetic father and did not resume studies until 1903.
In fact, quality infant care was one of the reasons why the natives trusted the Pipers.
Moreover, Sleeping sickness, trypanosomiasis, was a major threat to the native population.
The drug was developed by Walter Abraham Jacobs, Michael Heidelberger, Louise Pearce, and Wade Hampton Brown of the Rockefeller Foundation and tested in the Belgian Congo in 1920 by Louise Pearce. Piper also established the area’s first leper treatment center in 1932 and the first tuberculosis treatment center in 1939. Piper was born in Knapp’s Corner, a small village close to the Pennsylvanian-New York border, as the sixth child, and the second son of Thomas Piper, an oil and gas explorer, and Sarah Elizabeth Maltby.
He was one of seven children, with three of his siblings dying at an early age.