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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy

FROM THE EDITORS: HUMAN EVOLUTION

There is increasing talk of distilling lessons from humanity’s experience of leprosy to pass on to future generations. A panelist at the recent Global Appeal event in Tokyo neatly summed up what this means.

Joyce Wong was born to leprosy patients in Malaysia. She is intimately familiar with the isolation, fear, shame, stigma and discrimination that surround leprosy, and the damage wrought by ignorance.

These are the things of which she spoke when she said: “Leprosy is a lesson that humankind has to learn for its own evolution. As with other catastrophes, it will keep repeating itself, maybe in another form, until we learn from it.”

Has anyone put it better?