A picture is worth 1000 words, and these photos show how leprosy affects the human body.
One sign of leprosy that prompted Birtha, a man in Nepal, to seek treatment was this reactive lesion (white patch) near his eye.
Rehba, 35 years old, travels 3 hours by bus to come to the Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre in Nepal. Leprosy has left her blind in one eye (corneal anesthesia).
This woman does not have leprosy. She lives with a disability as a consequence of abuse from her son. She actively participates in a Self-Help Group in Manara, Nepal. This group, established by leprosy-affected people, help those with disabilities support each other in the community.
Gudiya, just 7, has skin lesions covering her body. One staff member at the Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre in Nepal said that he hadn't seen someone so young have as many skin lesions (patches) as Gudiya.
32-year old Indrakhala was living in a mud hole beside an animal shed in Nepal because her family cast her out. Before receiving treatment, she had foot drop in both feet. Here she shows her severe hand impairment from nerve damage. Her face is also partially paralyzed as a consequence of leprosy; she can no longer blink.
Naini Eye Clinic, India. Kora's nose has collapsed because of damage to the nasal mucosa (lining of the nose), which is a consequence of leprosy.
Haji Ebrahim has skin lesions as a consequence of leprosy. He holds the cure: a blister pack containing the 3 drugs required to eliminate leprosy from his body.
Teyeb Abajed's legs have been amputated and he has lost some of the digits on his fingers. Leprosy causes nerve damage, which means that people are vulnerable to injury and infection leading to severe consequences.
Sudhir, a participant in the Extreme Poverty Initiative Project in Bangladesh, has had surgery to repair the severe damage on his feet, a consequence of leprosy.