13 year old Umesh lives in the Mandal Basti area of the Danda Gaun District in Nepal. He was diagnosed with leprosy three months ago and has a large patch on his face that has some loss of sensation, but the feeling is gradually coming back.
“My brother had leprosy first, and now I am affected by it. But now I am taking the medicine and I am getting cured. These are the drawings made by me. I love drawing.”
Only by interrupting disease transmission through earlier diagnosis and treatment will we achieve zero new cases of leprosy. The Novartis Foundation’s leprosy post-exposure-prophylaxis (LPEP) program provides preventative treatment to close contacts of newly diagnosed patients – such as family members or friends – to decrease the risk of transmission.
The program is currently running in Indonesia, India, Tanzania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Brazil with several partners, including with Netherlands Leprosy Relief in Nepal.