International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

  • International Leprosy Association -
    History of Leprosy


    Agua de Dios


    Category Leprosarium
    Country Colombia
    Address Cundinamarca


    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


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

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