Leprosy in PH: Treatment advances but stigma remains

By: Cathy Cañares Yamsuan – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / January 26, 2020

In the late 1990s, “Normie,” then 27 and a mother of two toddlers, noticed a whitish patch gro­wing near her right elbow.

She recalled thinking that she had contracted a skin ailment and proceeded to treat it with all kinds of medicines, including very expensive ones: “Akala ko buni. Kung anu-ano ang ipinapahid kong gamot, ang mamahal pa nung iba.”

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