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Further Information

There are many organisations around the world that work towards the goal of eradicating the causes and consequences of leprosy.


For generations people have feared leprosy, attaching harsh social stigma to people who have the disease. Thousands of people have been (and continue to be) rejected by their families and friends and ostracised from their communities.


There are many organisations around the world that work towards the goal of eradicating the causes and consequences of leprosy, including an increasing number of grassroots organisations which are made up of people experiencing leprosy, disability and social exclusion.


Books and Further Reading:

Caring Comes First - The Leprosy Mission Story, by Cyril Davey
Published by Marshall Pickering, 1987

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey
Published by Zondervan, 1987

In His Image, by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey
Published by Zondervan, 1987

The Gift of Pain: Why we Hurt and What We Can Do About it,
by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand
Published by Zondervan, 1997

Ten Fingers for God, by Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Published by Hodder Christian Paperbacks, 1985

Clinical Mechanics of the Hand, by Paul Brand
Published by Elsevier Science Health, 1999

Exploring Grassroots Leprosy Organisations : Is social inclusion and empowerment possible for members? Isabelle Duff MPhil, former Programmes Director for the Leprosy Mission New Zealand. Download Isabelle's thesis here


Follow these links for more information:


World Health Organisation:  www.who.int/lep

IDEA:   http://www.idealeprosydignity.org/

The Leprosy Mission International:   http://www.leprosymission.org/

Novartis:   http://www.novartisfoundation.org/page/search/index.asp?Menu=3&Item=73&ID=741


The Leprosy Mission New Zealand Partners are other great sources of information.

About Leprosy

  • Causes

    Causes

    Leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease) is caused by bacteria which attack nerves in the extremities of the body like your hands, feet and face leaving them numb.
  • Consequences

    Consequences

    In almost every country where we work, stigma towards leprosy-affected individuals and their families still exists.
  • Cure

    Cure

    A combination of three separate drugs (Dapsone, Clofazimine and Rifampicin) known as multi-drug therapy (or MDT) kills the bacteria that causes leprosy.
  • Frequently asked questions

    Frequently asked questions

    Leprosy still exists today and it affects families across generations. Leprosy is curable. We believe this dreadful disease can be eradicated in a generation.