Right to Knowledge

Counseling sessions that provided leprosy patients and their families with information about the disease and their human rights helped reduce stigma in Cirebon District, Indonesia, a newly published study found.
 
Researchers spent 2 years offering various forms of therapy to several dozen patients. There was also a control group that received no assistance. Researchers interviewed participants before and after the counseling sessions, in each case asking them to rank their interpersonal experiences.
 
Overall, knowledge about leprosy increased quality of life. Study leaders hope to find ways to embed these interventions in social services going forward.

Source: PLoS

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