Leprosy Heritage Sites, Memorials and Museums
Prior to the advent of a cure for leprosy, people throughout the world were forcibly separated from their families and isolated in places far removed from society. This was done for the supposed protection of society at great cost to the lives of the individuals and their families. In fact, in some cases, whole family lines came to an end if an only child had leprosy.
Many countries throughout the world have recognized the historical significance of these leprosy heritage sites. IDEA is working to build a strong international network to support the efforts of conserving leprosy/Hansen’s Disease communities and historical sites as part of the important history of the world.
At the same time, it is hoped that this effort will also assist those, like the residents of Lo Sheng and Sungai Buloh, who are striving to save their historic communities from demolition in order that they may live out their lives in the places that have become their homes and also ensure that their history will be remembered.