Stigma Inscribed in Law

In communities across the globe, leprosy-affected people are sent “straight to hell” once news of their condition gets out—even if they’ve been cured of the disease.
 
Many countries have eliminated the disease thanks to a multidrug therapy introduced in 1993.
 
But cases keep cropping up—particularly in Brazil, Indonesia, and India, which together account for 80% of all new cases.   

Stigma is written into many laws. One such law precludes leprosy-affected people from standing in local elections; others hinder their ability to get jobs. Leprosy-affected people are fighting for basic rights—like the ability to own land on leprosy colonies.  
 
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