Social stigma in leprosy

Authors

  • S Marahatta B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • A Ghimire B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • N Jha B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • S M Pokhrel B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • S Rayamajhi B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • S Jirel B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Keywords:

Isolation, Leprosy, Social stigma

Abstract

Leprosy, an infectious disease, is a highly stigmatized disease. It directly affects patients’ physical, psychological, social and economical well-being. To know the stigma faced by the patients in the family and community. The study was carried out at Netherlands Leprosy Relief, Biratnagar, Nepal. Verbal consent was taken from each patient. A total number of 34 patients who were diagnosed to have leprosy were interviewed. Data were collected using structured interview schedule that included questions seeking information about all aspects of objective. Although both men and women faced the social stigma of the disease, women suffered more rejection by the family members (50%), neighborhood (75%) and work places (62.5%) in comparison to male patients, who are affected maximum at work places (39%) and minimum in family (7.69%). Illiterate were avoided by family members (25%) and co-workers (75%) whereas literate were not. All unemployed patients were neglected in community whereas only 21.42% of employed were neglected. Leprosy is a highly stigmatized disease. Patients are neglected by their family and society. Therefore community education component of Leprosy Control Program needs to be strengthened.

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Author Biographies

S Marahatta, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Department of Dermatology & Venereology

A Ghimire, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Department of Community Medicine

N Jha, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Department of Community Medicine

S M Pokhrel, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Department of Ophthalmology

S Rayamajhi, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Department of Plastic Surgery

S Jirel, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Department of Emergency & Plastic Surgery

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Published

2015-08-14

How to Cite

Marahatta, S., Ghimire, A., Jha, N., Pokhrel, S. M., Rayamajhi, S., & Jirel, S. (2015). Social stigma in leprosy. Journal of Chitwan Medical College, 5(2), 6–10. Retrieved from https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/JCMC/article/view/13148

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