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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Description

Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease (HD), is a long-term infection by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis. Initially, a person who is infected does not have symptoms and typically remains this way for 5 to 20 years. Infection can lead to damage of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. This nerve damage may result in a lack of ability to feel pain, which can lead to the loss of parts of a person's extremities from repeated injuries or infection due to unnoticed wounds. An infected person may also experience weakness and poor eyesight.

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Organizations relating to Leprosy

International Leprosy Union / Pune, India / Est. 1986
Observatoire de la lèpre en Afrique / Est. 1934
All Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation Training Centre / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Est. 1965
International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1966
Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau / Bologna, Italy
Leprosy Mission International / Brentford, UK / Est. 1874
Association of French-Language Leprologists / Bordeaux, France / Est. 1959
South Asian Regional Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists / Colombo, Sri Lanka / Est. 1999
Damien-Dutton Society for Leprosy Aid / Bellmore NY, USA / Est. 1944
International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement / Seneca Falls NY, USA / Est. 1994
Pacific Leprosy Foundation / Christchurch, New Zealand / Est. 1939
LEPRA Health in Action / Colchester, UK / Est. 1924
Action Mission and Leprosy Assistance Schiefbahn / Schiefbahn, Germany / Est. 1983
Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ / Dernbach-Montabaur, Germany / Est. 1851
International Leprosy Association / Bauru, Brazil / Est. 1931
Raoul Follereau International Union / Paris, France / Est. 1971
Leprosy Relief Canada / Montréal QC, Canada / Est. 1961
American Leprosy Missions / Greenville SC, USA / Est. 1906
Damien Foundation - Voluntary Organization for Leprosy and TB Control / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1964
FAIRMED / Bern, Switzerland / Est. 1960

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World Problems relating to Leprosy

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Leprosy

Action Strategies relating to Leprosy

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Eliminating leprosy
Supporting cooperation on leprosy
Treating leprosy

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