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Celebrating Leprosy Champions

Patana does woodwork in his workshop
© Daniel Christiansz

Leprosy Champions

Kashi, a man who took the journey from patient to nurse

Kashi does not allow his childhood experience with leprosy to affect his patient care.

Ashok, the lorry driver breadwinner of his family.

Ashok life is transformed after attending the Vocational Training Centre. After being hospitalised for leprosy, he is now providing for his family in a job that he loves.

Suresh and Mangala pose together in front of a tree covered in red flowers
Suresh and Mangala, leprosy champions and husband and wife

Because of leprosy, Suresh and Mangala both faced enormous challenges before they met each other. Now they are happily married, parents to three beautiful children, and they use their work to transform the lives of persons affected by leprosy in India.

Thresia, who overcame self-stigma to pursue her dreams

Because of a leprosy diagnosis, Thresia experienced self-stigma and feared being teased at school. Now, she's back studying and ready to pursue her dreams.