For 20,000 Leprosy afflicted people, Tahirpur is home. Tahirpur is also Asia’s largest colony for people affected with Leprosy (Source: The Leprosy Mission), who have been rehabilitated by the World Leprosy Mission. Several of the inhabitants live with their families and go about the regular activities of life- from school and social gatherings, to work and marriages with determination, pride and dreams.
The colony is an amalgamation of religions, cultures and people from various places; some are even migrants. Everyone is welcome here. The mixed group of people share a community feeling that gives them the strength they need to live their lives. They struggle to live and work with dignity and respect, but never is the struggle highlighted. When dusk comes calling, what we see is the confidence, the happiness, the strength and the celebration.
(Leprosy (Hansen's disease) is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. It results in damage primarily to the peripheral nerves (the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord), skin, testes, eyes, and mucous membrane of the nose. Access to information, diagnosis and treatment with multidrug therapy (MDT) remain key elements in the strategy to eliminate the disease as a public health problem, defined as reaching a prevalence of less than 1 leprosy case per 10,000 population. MDT treatment has been made available by WHO free of charge to all patients worldwide since 1995, and provides a simple yet highly effective cure for all types of leprosy, source WHO)
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