A cured leprosy patient shows his disfigured hands in a leprosy colony in New Delhi. Since 2005, when India declared a premature victory in the fight against the disease, there has been a resurgence in leprosy cases. Photo: AFP

India’s leprosy disaster, its millions of victims, and the vaccine that could stop many being disfigured

  • Their fingers become so twisted and their nerves so damaged simple actions are impossible; some sufferers lose their noses; many are crippled
  • In 2005 India declared leprosy eliminated , stopped looking for sufferers and left it to them to seek help. Few did. Now a vaccine is being rolled out
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A cured leprosy patient shows his disfigured hands in a leprosy colony in New Delhi. Since 2005, when India declared a premature victory in the fight against the disease, there has been a resurgence in leprosy cases. Photo: AFP
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