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    80% of world's lepers live in India.

    An estimated 2.5 to 2.8 million people suffer from leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease. World Health Organization figures show almost 80 percent of sufferers live in India.

    Worst afflicted countries are Angola, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal and Niger.

    India (after Sub-Saharan Africa) also has the highest number of HIV positive cases and persons suffering from AIDS.

    #2
    is it due to lack of healthcare infrastructure or due to lack of interest?
    The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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      #3
      I have no idea what causes leprosy and why 80% of the lepers are in India. Lepers were treated as social outcasts due to ignorance. Leprosy is called as 'Maharog' in Indian languages and were told that it was 'God's curse'. Not sure whether relates to unhygenic conditions etc

      One other disease 'leukoderma' is found on alarge scale in India, but rarely in Western countries. India has also large number of TB patients ( due to large population, pollution , easy spread of virus)

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        #4
        I think even though the population growth has slowed down considerably, it needs to be brought down even more. Something like what China did. Although being a democracy, India cannot do what China did. But a decrease in population would really take care of some of the problems in the country. High population growth is one of the main reasons for these problems.

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