LEPROSY POST-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (LPEP) PROGRAM, Mandal Basti, Danda Gaun

Name: Umesh Bhujel

Age: 13

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.

Read more about LPEP here.

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