Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. Most people have a natural immunity to the disease and those that do develop leprosy can be cured with modern Multidrug Therapy Treatment (MDT). The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, apart from some other structures. Leprosy has afflicted humanity since time immemorial. It once affected every continent and has left behind a terrifying image in history and human memory – of mutilation, rejection and exclusion from society.
As of 2014, we have 6 patients on roll at the Palampur Leprosy Home and we provide them with medical assistance, monthly pocket money, clothing and dry ration for their living.