Ranga Reddy District | Published on: March 31, 2011

Unreported World's Seyi Rhodes at the Nalgonda leprosy colony

Broadcast recently in the UK on Channel 4 foreign affairs series Unreported World, India’s Leprosy Heroes, highlighted the problem of leprosy in India. The report reveals the numbers of new cases in some areas could be much higher than previously estimated, despite the Indian Government’s claim that the disease has been eliminated.

Reporter Seyi Rhodes travelled with ‘local hero’ Vagavathali Narsappa from Shanti Nagar colony in Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh to the Niani Leprosy Hospital, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Along the way meeting other leprosy sufferers and confronting the stigma that surrounds the disease.

So, has leprosy really been eradicated, and are we only seeing the residual problems from earlier incidence of the disease?

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