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'White death' in Argentina: The hunger of poverty feeds tuberculosis

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - In a poor Buenos Aires suburb, Cristian Molina's jeans and denim jacket hide his unhealthily slight frame, his legacy from years of a poor diet that left him susceptible to the tuberculosis infection he contracted earlier this year, a disease of poverty that is making a comeback in Argentina.

Court says Japan government owes compensation to families of leprosy patients

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese court on Friday ordered the government to pay compensation to the families of leprosy patients who suffered discrimination and mistreatment because of government policies that violated their constitutional rights.

Miliary tuberculosis could be cause of illness


Volunteer shocked by online claims she is a cheat, gambler

KUALA LUMPUR: Tailor Chen Ang Kee, who has been volunteering at the Sungai Buloh National Leprosy Control Centre and the Ampang Old Folks Home for more than 20 years, recently became the victim of defamation on social media.

Japan court says forced sterilisations unconstitutional, refuses compensation - media

TOKYO (Reuters) - The forced sterilisation of two women decades ago as teenagers was unconstitutional, a Japanese court said on Tuesday, but rejected their demands for compensation, in the first of about 20 such cases closely watched nationwide, media said.

Art, stories from ex-leprosy settlement Valley Of Hope now at National Art Gallery

The Valley of Hope, a former leprosy settlement in Sungel Buloh, Selangor, is the subject of a heartfelt exhibition at the National Art Gallery.

Japanese to compensate victims of forced sterilisation

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday passed a law compensating tens of thousands of people who were sterilised, often without their consent, under a government programme to prevent the birth of "inferior descendants" that remained in effect until 1996.

Japan's imperial couple faces a nearly unprecedented situation: retirement

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30, he and Empress Michiko will fade into retirement after decades in the spotlight.