Case Studies

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Hotrika, India

Hotrika, 20, is from India’s Chhattisgarh state. When she was at school she noticed patches on her hands. There is much stigma surrounding leprosy in India and her mother discreetly took her to see a doctor. Leprosy was diagnosed and multidrug therapy started. Click here to read full story

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Parvin, Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a male-dominated society where women with disabilities - particularly those with leprosy - are vulnerable. We are an integral partner of a food security project working with 40,000 female-headed households to ensure women affected by leprosy can provide for themselves and their families. Click here to read full story

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Hadjara, Niger

The water tower installed at Danja Hospital by The Leprosy Mission ensures a fresh water supply for patients as well as leprosy-affected communities living near to the hospital site. In Danja village Hadjara Souley, 60, collects a nominal payment of five francs for every 30 litres of water collected from the pump. Click here to read full story

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Manju, India

Manju Roy first showed signs of leprosy soon after her marriage, aged 14. There is real stigma surrounding leprosy in her home city of Kolkata and Manju did not seek treatment for the disease when she first noticed light patches on her skin. Click here to read full story

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Nafisa, Nigeria

Nafisa Aminou, 20, is from Nigeria and was told, aged 14, she had leprosy and was advised to go to hospital for treatment. But instead she was given traditional herbal treatment for five years. If she was given multidrug therapy at an early stage, it would have been highly unlikely that she would have become disabled. Click here to read full story

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Jugdha, India

There are 850 leprosy colonies in India. In the past 15 years the Indian government has built no new colonies so leprosy-affected people live in regular villages. This is why it is imperative for the Challenging Anti-Leprosy Legislation (CALL) project to educate villagers on the human rights of leprosy-affected people and to stamp out any stigma within the community. Click here to read full story

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Jorgina, Mozambique

Our Ipiro Yohoolo schools project in Cabo Delgado aims to get 200 children from leprosy-affected families to school each year by providing them with a school uniform and sandals and a brand new school bag filled with pens, pencils, exercise books and any other materials they need. Click here to read full story

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