Hansen Stories

Leprosy or Hansen’s disease is still a problem today in many places around the world. In Portugal the disease does not affect more than a dozen cases, but it was not so until the 20th century. This project aims to preserve memories, sharing stories of those who worked or were hospitalized in the last portuguese leprosy (Hospital Colónia Rovisco Pais) between 1947 and 1996.

The exhibition “Hansen Stories” takes the visitor to a set of memories, told in the first person, which shared the same space – Hospital Colónia Rovisco Pais (Torch – Cantanhede), the last and only National Leprosaria, specialized in the treatment of Hansen’s disease (1947 and 1996).

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Integrated in the project “Rovisco Pais old leprosy – the museological nucleus and storytelling website” developed at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine of the Centro Region – Rovisco Pais and supported by the Sasakawa Health Foundation (Japan), this exhibition includes a selection of fifteen “stories” from former users and former employees or visitors of the former Hospital of the collection published on the website with the same name and which have as a common characteristic the fact that they are unpublished.

Between the 27th of September and the 1st of October (2021), the exhibition was in Coimbra, available to everyone, at the Department of Life Sciences (University of Coimbra).

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More information about the exhibition and the Rovisco Pais old leprosy project is available at https://www.hansen-stories.pt/exposicao/.

 

 

Hansen Stories

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