South Asia

Leprosy: An Ancient Disease Persists in a Modern World

Leprosy is an ancient disease that many may associate with a bygone era. In some of the most populous areas of the world, however – such as Nigeria and India – the disease continues to proliferate, forcing victims to live on the margins of society in leprosy colonies.

SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 29: Sumirah, 44, a former leper sorts through garbage at Babat Jerawat Leprosy Shelter on January 29, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Leprosy remains a largely neglected disease, especially in the rural areas of the country where little is known about it and many suffer from the …