Kit BlogCategory: Understanding Leprosy

Do we have leprosy in Australia?

31 Jul 2017 | Author: Andrew Hateley-Browne

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.

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Is a leprosy vaccine available?

16 May 2017 | Author: Andrew Hateley-Browne

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.

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Why Gouwo left her job and village

15 Oct 2016 | Author: Andrew Hateley-Browne

This beaming face belongs to Gouwo. She used to be a Nurse Aid and worked at Port Moresby General Hospital when she was younger. She actually met her husband there and they married and had children. Along with her relatives they lived together in a squatter settlement. Gouwo was happy. She used to enjoy her colleagues’ company—they would share food, chat and laugh together.

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