|Anwei Law, the International Coordinator for IDEA in the left corner (Photo by Pamela Parlapiano)
IDEA, the International Association for Integration,
Dignity and Economic Advancement, is the first international organization whose leadership is largely made up of individuals
who have personally faced the challenges of leprosy, also called Hansen’s Disease. Established in 1994, IDEA has 30,000
members in more than 30 countries, spanning five continents. Membership is open to any individual or organization interested
in human rights, inclusion, empowerment and self-expression.
As an international network of support, IDEA works
to end social isolation, social injustice, and prejudice and discrimination, while promoting full and equal participation
National Hansen's Disease Programs
|The occupational and physical therapy staff at Summit Hospital. I'm the third one from the left.
The National Hansen's Disease Programs (NHDP) is a great source for information about Hansen's Disease (leprosy).
Located at the Summit Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, its sole purpose is to provide both inpatient and outpatient care
with no cost to the patient. They will even pay for your plane ticket, so you are sure to get the treatment you need. NHDP
is also responsible for the organization of outpatient care for Hansen's Disease patients throughout the U.S. This site has
a list of clinics that treat patients with Hansen's disease, as well as all you'll ever need to know about the disease.