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  author={Mee Lian Wong and P Subramaniam},
The priority areas in the leprosy elimination programme are early case detection, case holding and consequently, the prevention of disabilities. In some countries, a significant number of cases do not seek treatment or seek treatment late, partly due to socio-cultural beliefs and stigma about leprosy. We review the literature on socio-cultural beliefs and stigma about leprosy and the intervention programmes that address these beliefs and issues. Socio-cultural dimensions should be incorporated… 

Stigmatisation and discrimination: Experiences of people affected by leprosy in Southern Ghana.

It is concluded that people affected by leprosy included in this study experienced stigmatisation and discrimination and efforts aimed at reducing and in the long run curing the stigma must be contextualised and scaled up.

Socio-cultural features and help-seeking preferences for leprosy and turbeculosis: a cultural epidemiological study in a tribal district of Maharashtra, India

Cultural concepts about illness causation and associated HS behaviours should be considered as priorities for action, which would provide the necessary impetus to ensure that tribal patients seek help in a timely and appropriate manner, and could facilitate improvement in programme performance in general.

Knowledge, Belief and Attitude of the Community towards Leprosy Patients in Gindeberet Woreda, West Shewa Zone

An overall lack of knowledge and prevalence of delusion regarding the cause, transmission and outcome of leprosy was identified among the community in Gindeberet Woreda, Oromia region, Ethiopia.

Knowledge and attitude about leprosy in Delhi in post elimination phase.

This study reflects the poor awareness and negative attitudes towards leprosy particularly among leProsy patients themselves, which could be one of the reasons for slow progress in Leprosy Elimination Program in Delhi.

Integrated Care and Leprosy in India:A Role for Indian Systems of Medicine and Traditional Health Practice in the Eradication of Leprosy

The benefits of an integrated approach in the future of leprosy control in India are discussed, by involving professionals from different systems of medicine and coordinated by dermatologists working

Community knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding leprosy in rural Cameroon: The case of Ekondotiti and Mbonge health districts in the South-west Region

An awareness intervention using community volunteers and the media, with information on the cause of leprosy, its clinical manifestations and curability, and sensitization messages correcting the misconceptions and beliefs regarding leProsy, could improve the community knowledge and attitudes towards le Prosy.

Islam, Leprosy, and Disability: How Religion, History, Art, and Storytelling Can Yield New Insights and Acceptance

Age-old fears and misconceptions about leprosy have flourished for centuries and the condition remains both a socially stigmatizing issue and a public health problem in many parts of the globe. In

Selfcare Group Efforts To Increase The Confidence Of Lepers In Jeneponto, South Sulawesi

The results of this research stated that the self-care group gave an important role in enhancing lepers’ confidence through their interaction and communication between each members, and several activities and motivation that they gave.

Stigma Related to Leprosy — A Scientific View

In the times of the Old Testament, the exclusion was not just a social phenomenon but a divine institution, which served as a public health measure to contain an infectious disease.

Measurement of Change in the Knowledge and Attitude about Leprosy in Physiotherapy Students Undergoing Intensive One Week Training in Leprosy.

This study was done to assess if the intensive training to physiotherapy students resulted in increase in their knowledge on leprosy and change their attitude positively and showed that there was significant improvement in knowledge and attitude.



Knowledge and attitude of health workers towards leprosy in north-western Botswana.

The pattern of health seeking behaviour, initially traditional or religious healers and then modern health facilities, was a significant finding and it is vital that education of community, patients and health workers is provided to an extent that healthseeking behaviour is altered.

Leprosy: between acceptance and segregation. Community behaviour towards persons affected by leprosy in eastern Nepal.

The results show that 95% of the persons affected by leprosy recognized by the community have visible signs such as wounds, swellings and deformed feet or hands, which shows that negative community behaviour is still present in eastern Nepal.

Explanatory models and help-seeking behaviour of leprosy patients in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

While many patients held a variety of causes responsible for leprosy, most patients explained the disease in traditional terms, while only a minority used modern concepts, emphasizing the need for continuous attention for health education of diagnosed patients and their families.

Effect of socio-cultural beliefs on patients' perception of leprosy. The gender factor.

  • N. Awofeso
  • Sociology
    Tropical and geographical medicine
  • 1995
Results indicate that, contrary to popular belief, the male model is not the single interpretative model for leprosy as far as socio-cultural aspects are concerned.

Evaluation of a sustained 7-year health education campaign on leprosy in Rufiji District, Tanzania.

The health education campaign was associated with increased knowledge and diminished tendency to stigmatize leprosy among schoolchildren, and low level of education, rural residence, older age, female gender and Moslem religion were associated with stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs towards leproSy.

Culture and 'compliance' among leprosy patients in Pakistan.

An urban community's thoughts about leprosy: a survey in Guyana.

The study was prompted by the need to provide a basis for community education work by personnel attached to the Hansen 's disease unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Guyana, and dealt with diseases other than leprosy so that the latter could be viewed in the context of people's thinking about disease in general.

Dimensions and process of stigmatization in leprosy.

A model of the stigmatization process in leprosy is described, which describes how certain cognitive dimensions of leproSy lead to a variety of affective responses towards the disease.

The development of culture-specific health education packages to increase case-finding of leprosy in Sarawak.

  • P. C. ChenH. C. Sim
  • Education, Medicine
    The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health
  • 1986
Health education packages were developed for the leprosy control programme in Sarawak, aimed at both adults and children, based on the understanding of the traditional and socio-cultural belief systems of the people.

Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding leprosy and tuberculosis in Bangladesh.

The results indicate that without a health education programme, levels of knowledge about the cause and treatability of the diseases are poor, worse for leprosy than TB, with correspondingly negative attitudes.