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Photo Exhibition - A New Face for Leprosy

Photo credit: Dr Alexander Kumar
Photo credit: Dr Alexander Kumar

This year we are launching a more positive image of leprosy in which patients are not stigmatised by their disease and regard it as a treatable infection: The New Face for Leprosy Project.  Leprosy is characterised by pictures of severely disabled patients. When new patients see these and hear local misbeliefs about leprosy they are likely to become depressed. Many patients affected by leprosy, however, have overcome the stigma of leprosy and developed lives and careers.       

Alexander Kumar, Diana Lockwood and Saba Lambert set up the projectWith the help of two local translators, Alexander photographed and interviewed patients in Addis Ababa, living around the main leprosy referral hospital. They had survived many setbacks and talked about these openly. Many patients had been delayed in their diagnosis, had problems taking their treatment, and had experienced rejection by their families. Most wanted to give new patients hope.  Working, feeling independent financially and having a family were the things that made most of the interviewees feel strong and integrated.

The exhibition will start with an address by speakers including project members, leprosy patients and representative from Lepra.

Admission

Admission
Open to all, seats available on first come, first served basis.

Contact

Contact

Laure Disson  and Diana Lockwood. For any image related enquiry, please contact Alexander Kumar