"If we hope to change the world, we have to begin with the children."

Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad_picLeprosy is a disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis and is a major public health problem in India, with more than 2 million reported cases. Untreated, leprosy is progressive, causing permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and brain. Infection results in tissue loss, so that fingers and toes become shortened and deformed as the cartilage is absorbed into the body. Because of a social stigma caused by fear and superstition, many people with leprosy are still shunned from mainstream society.

If caught in its early stages, Leprosy can be stopped before it ravages the body.

SCF sponsored a leprosy screening program for at-risk school children in Hyderabad. In its first two years of operation, this program screened over 300,000 school children and cured 347 cases of childhood leprosy.
please help scf prevent more tragic cases of leprosy.

please help scf prevent more tragic cases of leprosy.

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