Stamping out leprosy in Libya

For years, Abdullah suffered from numbness in his extremities, but couldn’t figure out what it was. He left his small village in eastern Libya several times trying to find treatment, even going to neighboring Tunisia once—without success.

Eventually, though, the symptoms of his slow-progressing disease became unmistakable: it was leprosy.

Although leprosy has been nearly eliminated from Libya for more than three decades, 6 to 8 new cases are diagnosed every year. While historically it inspired fear in the ancient world, it is now a very treatable disease.For more