Malaysia Leprosy Relief Association (MaLRA)
"The Small Act of Kindness is Worth More Than The Grandest Intention" - Cheque Presentation to Malaysia Leprosy Relief Association (MaLRA)
Located in the heart of Sungai Buloh, the Malaysia Leprosy Relief Association (MaLRA) is a community where leprosy patients seek for treatments. Some of these patients have been staying here for more than 20 years.
The view outside MaLRA
Leprosy is caused by the Mycobacterium Laprae also known as the Hansen Disease discovered by Br Gerhard Hansen in 1873. The disease starts with a non-itching, painless white spot on the skin and slowly affects the nerves, skin, mucosa, bones and other parts of the body. Because it is non-itchy and painless, early detection is difficult until it is too late and it becomes a stigmatized disease. Ulcers form which become septic resulting in parts of the body just withering away or just “dropping” off. Total deformity is the result. It is an ancient disease without a cure then and very often, lepers had to use bells around their necks to warn people not to come near them as they were diseased and dirty.
The Sungai Buloh Leprosium was built in the 1930s and there were 3000 leapers at that time. However over the years, the number has reduced and by 1980 , there were 1473 patients and in 2014, there are only 260 patients and ex patients. In the earlier days, the Sungai Buloh Leprosium is was only surrounded with barbed wire fences to prevent the patients from escaping and they were helpless, physically suffering with little food and tattered clothes. What we have leart is that the number of leprosy patients have decreased over the years as there is a cure and preventive drugs available. But the stigma still remains.
The Leprosy Patients of MaLRA
B.O.B handling the cheque to Dato’ Raj
Thank you to all that have contributed to the success of the Food and Charity Bazaar. You have made the Malaysia Leprosy Relief Center (MaLRA) a better place for the leprosy patients. We look forward making more effort and contributions to the society in the near future.