Provides assistance to lepers

Each year hundreds of thousands of Indians become infected by leprosy. Leprosy is a chronic infection, particularly affecting the skin and nerves. The infection can be treated, but the sequelas are chronic.

Worldwide the disease has decreased dramatically during the past 30-40 years. Intensive tracing of patients and better drug therapy are the reason for this. Today 65 percent of the people getting infected by leprosy are in India.

Many taboos are linked to leprosy, and the victims often end up as outcasts. The Dina Foundation cooperates with a local organization that is working among the leprosy infected.

Weekly about 150 leprosy infected living in the poor sub districts of Hyderabad receive food from the foundation. In January the foundation visited some of the victims in their homes in this big city. A leprosy infected woman told us of her suffering, and for ten years it has been the sole hindrance for her not being able to see her family. She was living in a house provided by the government. When she was told that The Dina Foundation would facilitate a meeting between her and her family, tears streamed down her cheeks. This woman is one of those receiving food from the foundation each week.

For a long period of time another woman had been a victim of serious abuse from the person assigned to help her. He had now run off, together with her support from the government and the food provided from The Dina Foundation. Now our local cooperation partners will assist this woman, and monitor to make sure she’ll never experience anything like this again.

A long incubation period
Years may pass from the time a person is infected by leprosy to when the first symptoms of the disease are displayed. Most likely transmission takes place in nasal droplets. Studies indicate this to the most common way of transmission and many of those infected will never develop the disease. The disease, also called leper, was common in Norway in the late 1800’s. In the same period it became extinct from a majority of the European countries.