International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

  • International Leprosy Association -
    History of Leprosy


    Dr Charles McConaghy Ross

    Status Physician
    Country Ireland


    Charles McConaghy Ross, OBE, MB, BCh, BAO, CPH, DTM (1903-1964) an Irish doctor, made numerous scientific contributions in trials of certain new drugs and directed his whole career to leprosy investigation and relief of the countless patients in Africa. He did outstanding work in developing several leprosaria in Nigeria and made numerous leprosy surveys in Gambia, Sierra Leone and Bornu in Northern Nigeria. His work there was outstanding and he succeeded in training paramedical workers and setting up a dispensary and leprosarium control scheme for over 200,000 patients. He served as senior specialist in leprosy for the Ministry of Health, Kaduna, Northern Nigeria and was director of East African Leprosy Research Center at Alupe in Kenya. He also went to Ceylon, as an advisor for the WHO leprosy programs.

    International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.

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