International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

Database

Agua de Dios

Location

Category Leprosarium
Country Colombia
Address Cundinamarca

Notes

The leprosarium of Agua de Dios was established in 1871. It officially closed in 1961, when the Colombian government passed a law (Ley 148) abolishing the forced isolation of people affected by leprosy. It was then recognised as a municipality, but it continued to provide free health services to leprosy patients, many of whom still lived there as of 2013.

A PowerPoint presentation (in Spanish) details the history of the Agua de Dios colony, with many pictures of its buildings. It can be accessed here.

Entry updated March 2016

Source

Cardona-Castro, Nora. "Leprosy in Colombia: post elimination stage." Leprosy Review 84 (2013): 1-10.

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