Leprosy | South China Morning Post
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Discrimination still plagues leprosy victims in mainland China

Many leprosy cases are found in Yunnan province. Photo: Steve Cray

Today is World Leprosy Day, which was established in the 1950s to highlight the plight of millions of people affected by a devastating and disfiguring illness. 

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 5:33am

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discrimination against lepers targeted by beijing

30 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

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Ten missing after being tricked with job offers

31 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

India close to declaring victory in battle against leprosy

It has struck fear and disgust into people for millennia, been ascribed to the wrath of God, and has plagued millions of lives. But the pain and disfigurement inflicted by leprosy are in rapid retreat in what many claim to be its birthplace and major stronghold: India.

18 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Elderly tourists conquer social symptoms of leprosy

With their straw hats and oversized sunglasses, they looked like any other rural tour group as they posed for a photo in the city.

28 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Mercy givers on the edge of nowhere

WHILE GUANGDONG PROVINCE has traditionally had the highest rate of leprosy cases on the mainland, victims of the disease can be found all across southern China, and as far north as Shandong. Hot spots include the south-western provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and parts of Sichuan, where the warm, wet climate provides ideal conditions for the leprosy bacterium.

1 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Hong Kong leprosy victims try out thalidomide cure

Thalidomide, the drug which caused horrific deformities in more than 10,000 babies worldwide in the 1960s, is being used to treat local leprosy sufferers.

The drug, originally used to suppress morning sickness, was banned after it was found it could have a devastating effect on babies.

11 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Campaign to eradicate leprosy focuses on backward province

New cases of leprosy have been reported in one of the poorest provinces but officials have vowed to eradicate the dreaded disease by next year.

Disease experts in the northern province of Thai Nguyen reported 12 new cases in a massive sweep of around 185,000 people living in isolated villages deep in the mountains.

19 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Not worthy

FIONNUALA McHugh's article about the Hansen's disease (HD) patients of Coloane (Sunday Morning Post Magazine, October 1) reveals not only her ignorance of the disease but also her lack of compassion for those who happen to suffer from it.

5 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Di's mission

BUCKINGHAM Palace confirmed yesterday that the Princess of Wales will visit the territory from April 21 to 23 on a mission to increase awareness of leprosy.

13 Apr 1995 - 12:00am