Mixed emotions are evident in the facial expressions of a group of women as they observe some entertainment (not shown) in the leper colony of Schwebo in Burma. Verso: WHO/6216. Burma-Leprosy. Inspired by the new concept that leprosy is "no longer a disease apart" Burm, with an estimated 200,000 leprosy sufferers (a prevalence rate twice that of India or Thailand and the highest in S.E. Asia) in 1952 launched a nation-wide anti-leprosy campaign, with the help of WHO. By mid-june 1957, 42,000 cases had been registered, and 33,000 were being treated with sulphone drugs. By the end of 1959, it hoped to increase the number of cases under treatment to 50,000. After the day's work is done, there is entertainment and dancing in the leprosy colony of Schwebo in Burma (run by the patients themselves) symbolic of the new hope for the future arsoused by the nation-wide anti-leprosy campaign. Appreciative spectators.
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World Health Organization; Source: Research; Research date: 07/24/2015