The Race to Curb Leprosy in Brazil

Denise Almeida had to visit 5 doctors in Belém, Brazil, to get an accurate diagnosis: leprosy.
 
Now, she’s recovering. But left untreated, leprosy can cause devastating damage—and Brazil, the only country failing to reach the WHO’s standard for leprosy elimination, is shorthanded on experts capable of catching it in time.

While medical students gravitated toward other specializations, the disease returned with a vengeance in the last 2 decades.
 
“The time has passed for people to still be struggling with leprosy,” says Claudio Salgado, president of the Brazilian Leprosy Society—which estimates Brazil needs ~2,000 more leprologists to beat back the disease.
 
Anton L. Delgado for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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