By Dr Deanna Hagge Senior Research Advisor The Leprosy Mission
“Stretch out your hand to touch and heal them...” —The Leprosy Mission Prayer
Edem battled leprosy for decades without success — until he got the help he needed through The Leprosy Mission...thanks to people like you!
Kashi has been caring for others affected by leprosy for nearly 30 years at The Leprosy Mission Anandaban Hospital in Nepal. Binding their wounds, cleaning their ulcerated feet and treating all with compassion and love.
Have you ever wondered whether we have leprosy in Australia? I'm often asked “Do we actually have leprosy in Australia?” It's one of the first questions I hear whenever I mention leprosy. It’s a great question—I was surprised when I first heard that we do have cases of leprosy in Australia. There aren’t that many. It’s rare. But cases do exist.
Within just 24-hours of treatment with Multi-Drug Therapy, leprosy is no longer contagious. So current strategies focus on diagnosing and treating people as soon as possible. This intervention interrupts the spread of leprosy so less people will ultimately contract it. It also prevents people from developing permanent impairments.