About 130,000 people are diagnosed with leprosy in India every year, more than in any other country in the world. Though a cure for the disease exists, deep-rooted discrimination continues to impede the path from poverty to economic independence. The photographs in this collection, which portray conditions in leprosy colonies and the lives of affected individuals and their families, reveal some of the remaining problems in India.
Photographs by Hisayoshi Osawa
* The Association of People Affected by Leprosy (formerly, National Forum India) is a national organization that operates with the support of the Nippon Foundation. The association aims to create a nationwide network of affected individuals, disseminate information on rights and social welfare schemes, and assist in negotiations with national and local government officials in the aim of improving the lives of affected individuals.
** The Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation was established in the Indian capital of New Delhi in 2006 to contribute resolving problems connected with leprosy. It provides grants for the creation of small businesses and seeks to enable affected persons to lead lives of dignity without resorting to begging.