Friday 25 March 2011
In the first of a new series of the award-winning current events programme, Channel 4’s Unreported World meets some of the remarkable people fighting back against leprosy in India, where millions affected by the disease are pushed to the margins of society and ostracised by their families and friends. The programme reveals that the numbers of new cases in some areas could be much higher than previously estimated by the Indian government and the World Health Organisation. It features the work of The Leprosy Mission (TLM) including interviews with Dr Premal Das, superintendent at TLM’s Naini hospital, the largest leprosy referral hospital in India. The programme also features people who have been shunned because of leprosy, the surgical techniques used to correct deformity caused by leprosy, and the bravery of patients striving to overcome stigma.