Squirrels on Brownsea Island found to have leprosy

In 2014, red squirrels in Scotland were found to have a form of leprosy. Research in other areas has recently shown that leprosy is also present amongst the red squirrel population on Brownsea Island off the south coast of Britain, and Edinburgh University is to conduct a study to find out how the disease is spread, as little is known about this, and to learn how to control this spread. The disease causes swelling and loss of hair on ears, muzzle and feet and is affecting the population alth...
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2016 – Kalpana’s Story

Kalpana is a 29-year-old mother who is affected by leprosy. She has 4 children under 8 years old – one is disabled by cerebral palsy and the fourth was born at Lalgadh in February (2016). Her situation has become extremely difficult, and the team at Lalgadh need to intervene rapidly to save this family from disaster. Her story illustrates the  challenges of the caste system, of being affected by leprosy and of having a disabled child in a country where there are no formal support  services. K...
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Bob’s Walk

The Rev. Bob Higham was a trustee of NLT for several years in the 1980's/1990's, and has done several long walks to raise funds for charity. This spring Bob is walking the 96 mile England-Scotland border with his daughter Shirley to raise funds for NLT. Leprosy is a chronic disease associated with poverty, and although it is not very infectious, it causes severe and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes if untreated. This damage can result in those parts losing feeling, and wi...
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Strike and Blockade Over

Those of you who have been following the situation in Nepal will be pleased to hear that the blockade and strike that have crippled the country for months are now apparently over. Please pray that things will get back to normal soon and that the fuel and gas situation will improve rapidly. High numbers of patients are expected at Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, as many people who could not get there due to the transport problems can now travel at last. It should also mean that the relief work i...
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Congratulations! Australia Day Honour given to Dr Graeme Clugston

Dr Graeme Clugston was honoured in the Australia Day Honours List this January 2016, for distinguished service to medicine, and to the international community of Nepal, particularly to people with leprosy, and to global health and nutrition. Graeme has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia. Graeme and his wife Meena have been working at Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre for nearly 9 years now and have seen the work there grow in diversity and in volume, as the numbers of general pa...
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