Leprosy Patients are Segregated in Brazil, Says UN Rapporteur

According to Brazil's Ministry of Health, the country is among the 22 with the highest rates of the disease in the world.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Alice Cruz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy, stated a few days ago, that those who have been diagnosed suffer an "institutionalized and interpersonal" segregation in Brazil.

Although communities - more often called colonies - continue to operate in almost all the states of the country, they do not function within a model capable of mitigating the "institutional destitution" to which lepers are subjected, according to the expert.

The UN envoy stressed that Brazil is one of the few countries that have instituted an . . .

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