Leprosy - What is it?
Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose (nasal mucosa). With early diagnosis and treatment, the disease can be cured.
If left untreated, the nerve damage can result in crippling of hands and feet, paralysis, and blindness. - CDC
The devastating effects of Leprosy when left untreated.
Currently a quarter million people throughout the world have Leprosy with the majority of those reported in India. Poverty causes many to go untreated and un-cared for.
The Mantis Foundation has been able to provide medical care for some of these individuals through your generous financial support. Our Doctor travels from home to home to provide care and treatment for this crippling disease.