Lepers in India

Leprous man expressing his gratitude to The Dina Foundation

Lepers in India

People suffering leprosy are often shunned by the society, resulting in a very difficult situation where they have no possibility of maintaining their financial status. The Dina Foundation partners with an Indian organization that works among the victims of this disease.

Hundreds of thousands of Indians are infected by leprosy each year. The sickness is also called lepra and it is a chronic infection, particularly affecting the skin and nerves. The infection can be treated, but the sequels are chronic.

Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium lepra. The victims of this disease are often outcasts, alienated from their families and society. Each year hundreds of thousands of Indians are infected by the disease. The infection can be treated, but the sequels are chronic. In India The Dina Foundation supports a rehabilitation center where victims of the disease are given a home and medical treatment. The past 30-40 years the disease has had a dramatically retrogression worldwide caused by an intensified tracking of the patients and better medical treatment. 65 percent of the people that become infected today live in India.

The Dina Foundation partners with a local organization called Manna Ministries and this organization runs an ongoing work among the victims of the disease in the province of Andra-Pradesh. 150 leprosy-infected people that live in the lepra-colony in Hyderbad receive free food on a weekly basis. The Dina Foundation is the only organization that helps these victims.

Photos of the project:

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  • Leper woman who is assisted by The Dina Foundation. Photographer: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • A leper womans hand. Photography: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Leper woman with food given by The Dina Foundation. Photographer: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Man handing out food to the lepers. Photography: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Rune Edvardsen, head of The Dina Foundation, visiting a leprous man in his home. Photographer: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Rune Edvardsen, head of The Dina Foundation, and leprous man. Photography: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Food pouch as the lepers are issued every week. Photographer: Nathalie Edvardsen.