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A man on a hospital bed in Myanmar looks to his left, at the photographer. He is proudly wearing a Liverpool FC top.
The problem with comparing Covid-19 and leprosy

There have been headlines across the world since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic which have seen people compare Covid-19 with leprosy. Any comparisons between these diseases are inaccurate at best and harmful at worst.

A picture of Amar Timalsina standing outside a building in Nepal
I stood in the twilight of the evening, tears coursing down my face

This is the story of Amar's divorce, which happened when his wife learnt that he had once been diagnosed with leprosy.

A portrait photo of Paulino, a village leader in Mozambique
5 types of discriminatory laws that punish you for having leprosy

Across the world there are more than 100 laws that discriminate against people who have experienced leprosy. They are totally unacceptable. Here’s a look at some of the key ways these laws can punish you simply for a curable medical diagnosis.

Tara, on the left, stands at the front of a celebration event in Nepal
Walk a mile in my shoes and see what leprosy means

I'm Taranath from Nepal and I invite you to see what leprosy has really meant for my life. See how stigma and fear has affected me in almost every area of my life and how I have overcome all of it.

Now would be the worst time to forget about people affected by leprosy

Despite the difficulties many of us are facing due to Covid-19, now would be the worst time to forget about people affected by leprosy.

Racism is systemic, even at the global level and leprosy is proof

It is no coincidence that hardly any white people are diagnosed with leprosy.

Why we have to be more careful with language during Covid-19

Throughout history, the odious term ‘leper’ has been used as an insult to those affected by leprosy

5 key human rights that have been stolen from people affected by leprosy

People often have many of their human rights deprived from them when they are diagnosed with leprosy. This is in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human rights and it needs to change.