Hersilia Casares de Blaquier (1887-1967) founded the Patronato del Enfermo de Lepra de la Republica Argentina (his home country) in 1930. This is a philanthropic institution whose aims are to promote the prevention and treatment of leprosy, to help the families and the healthy sons of the patients and to stimulate and assist scientific research and provide for the rehabilitation of the patients. He inspired of the Colonia Infantil "Mi Esperanza" for healthy sons of leprosy patients and founded 20 sections and outpatient clinics for leprosy in the endemic regions of Argentina
International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.