Imagine you’re a child... and you just want to hug your mummy. But she’s died... and people avoid you because you have leprosy. You can’t hide the signs of the disease. People see the skin patches and your clawed hand. They’re afraid to be near you.
By JOHN OA, Volunteer The Leprosy Mission Papua New Guinea
Kamali is a young woman in India. At 15, she couldn’t finish her schooling because she had leprosy.
Neelam is a shy girl living in a remote village in India, not far from a Leprosy Mission hospital. Her brother Mohan told us her story…
By SUPA THEJAN, Merchandise Manager The Leprosy Mission Australia
Leprosy patients used to need two surgeries on each leprosy-affected hand; and between each surgery, fingers needed to be rested for 3 months. But a surgeon at The Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital in Nepal, Dr. Indra Napit, has developed a new process to carry out reconstructive hand surgeries by combining two surgeries into one. Now the hospital admission time is reduced significantly — from 6-8 months to 8 weeks.