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