How much has been achieved to prevent and control leprosy in Malawi since 2012?

Adamson S. Muula 1,2,3

1Professor and Head of Department, Department of Community and Environmental Health, School of Global and Public Health, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), Blantyre, Malawi

2Editor-in-Chief, Malawi Medical Journal, Blantyre, Malawi

3. Team Leader, Africa Center of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM), Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Malawi

Unlike HIV and AIDS, Covid-19 and Monkey Pox disease, leprosy has affected humanity for thousands of years. The Norwegian physician at Bergen, Dr Gerhard Armauer Hansen, 1“discovered” this Mycobaceterial disease which for some period adopted his last name, i.e. Hansen’s disease. Leprosy has also been found in domestic and wild animals,2 perhaps not surprisingly. I have resisted the temptation of bringing forth the Holy Book in so far as leprosy was presented.

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