Latest research shows women affected by leprosy receive a later diagnosis than men, causing disability and stigma

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March 16, 2017

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New research by ILEP member The Leprosy Mission England and Wales highlights the reasons why women are less likely to be treated promptly for leprosy and are more likely to become disabled and cast out from society than men.

In a soon-to-be-published study The Leprosy Mission England and Wales concludes that a major cause of the late diagnosis among women is the fear of stigma and being ostracized from their family and community.

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