Exploring the Living Conditions of People Affected by Leprosy: The Case of Zenebework Area, Addis Ababa City

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Addis Ababa University


This study explores the living condition of people affected by leprosy around Zenebework area, Addis Ababa. To this end, a qualitative design with a case study approach. In-depth interview and observation tools were used to gather information in this study. Participants’ opinion was gathered from purposefully selected ten in-depth interview participants and seven key informants. An effort has been made to explore the living condition of leprosy affected people. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. As the finding of the study show, participants realize the reason for their physical damage is due to lack of knowledge about the disease and early detection of the patients. Because of the stigma attached to the disease leprosy patients suffer from psychological problems like anxiety, depression, and lack of self-confidence. The study also shows that the stigma attached to the disease was the major causes of affected people in psycho social and economic dimensions. The finding of the study suggested that how affected people cope the stigma associated to the disease, the need to raise community awareness about the cause and transmission of the disease. This study also tried to show the role of the social worker in improving the living conditions of social workers. In conclusion, the study appeals for social work practice, program development, and policy makers to mitigate the problem attached to the affected people. Key words: anxiety, depression, self-confidence, stigma,



Anxiety, depression, self-confidence, stigma,