A new life for leprosy patients through treatment and rehabilitation
Egypt’s view of leprosy, as in many countries of the world, is that of a secret disease that people do not dare to integrate in social life. This is mainly due to ignorance about the actual disease and about the psychological effects on those who suffer from it.
Leprosy –also known as Hansen’s disease- is curable. Through efficient medicine, the patient can become non-contagious in a short period of time.
In 1932, long after the disease appeared, the Ministry of Health founded a specialized hospital to fight against leprosy. The institution is located in Abu Zabal in the governorate of Qalubiya. This is near the village of Al Shaheed Abd al Mon’em Riyadh where in 2015 almost 75% of the population were former leprosy patients.
Reintegration and awareness
Caritas Egypt is dedicated to improving the lives of patients in the leprosy hospital. Society needs to acknowledge that the disease and disability are the causes of poverty. Our aim is to give leprosy patients the opportunity to be an active and useful member of society again.
We aim to change public opinion about the disease through:
Facts and figures
Beneficiaries: Patients of leprosy (Hansen’s disease)
Where: 18 governorates
Period: 24 months
Project Budget: EGP 1,500,000
E: T: (202) 24310201 – 24310318
Responsible in the field
E: T: 01224785638