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A leprosy patient waits for treatment at the Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Centre outside Titagarh, West Bengal, eastern India, 30 November 2018. Leprosy is one of the oldest infectious diseases known to man. It primarily affects the skin, nerves, eyes and upper respiratory tract, but the disease is curable and treatment in its early stages can prevent disability, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Outside the city of Titagarh, in the Indian state of West Bengal, Mother Teresa in 1958 established the Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Center. Run by her Missionaries of Charity, the center was built for an existing community of people with leprosy. Now, more than 1,000 people – those affected and their families – live and work on the premises. Residents who have recovered from the disease work as weavers at the center and produce the blue and white sarees worn by Charity nuns. Children of patients are provided with free education at the center, which also offers free food, basic health care and psychological treatment to its residents. The facility is run with the help of donations and the support of the WHO, which in Apr. 2016 launched the Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020, aimed at the worldwide elimination of the disease. Gandhiji Prem Nivas is taking part in the WHO program alongside other hospitals in India. It provides treatments recommended by the WHO not only to patients residing at the center, but also to other leprosy-affected people needing medical attention. EPA-EFE/PIYAL ADHIKARY A volunteer of 'Together to save a human' NGO carries Mustafa, 57, to their mini-bus in Cairo, Egypt, 10 October 2018. Before living in the streets, Mustafa had a complicated marital situation due to his unemployment for several months, which led to his wife divorcing and kicking him out of their apartment. When he didn't find a place to stay he kept walking until he got tired and slept at a public park which became his home for some 10 months, with people donating loaves of bread and food for him occasionaly. A passerby took a picture of Mustafa and sent it to 'Together to Save a Human', a charitable non-profit organisation that aims to rescue homeless people and providing them with care and a decent life, with the location of Mustafa, volunteers then picked him up and took him to its nursing home, after medical examination a large decubitus ulcer on his back was found due to the lack of movement. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED HOSSAM

Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Center

Photographer: Piyal Adhikary

Together to Save a Human in Egypt

Photographer: Mohamed Hossam

An Elephant named Gajraj, who was rescued from an Indian royal family, takes the mud bath near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital after receiving medical treatment in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 180 Kilometers from New Delhi, India, 22 November 2018. Wildlife SOS is a conservation non-profit organization (NGO) in India working for animal welfare, elephant conservation and care and has - with the help of Indian state forest departments - rescued 26 elephants living in heart-breaking conditions from circuses and temples or from being used for street begging and from highway accidents. The NGO just opened the country’s very first specialized hospital for injured and ailing elephants from all over India. The center is located in Mathura in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and runs in a state-of-the-art and well equipped facility that is capable of conducting a variety of laboratory tests, including wireless digital radiology, ultrasound, laser therapy, in-house pathology and even a medical hoist to comfortably lift disabled elephants and move them around the treatment area.
The Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital also has ample storage space for elephantine quantities of life-saving drugs and veterinary medicines, critical equipment such as portable X-ray and ultrasound devices and foot-care tools.
Captive elephants can be found all over India, but the exploitation in the name of religion is especially encountered in the southern state of Kerala, as well as in the northern state of Rajasthan and its capital of Jaipur.
Throughout history, elephants have been used for war as far back as 5,000 years ago, as well as for business and travel but nowadays they are used in India mostly at social festivities, religious festivals and processions, and begging at temples.
According to a World Animal Protection data, there are more than 3,000 elephants still in captivity in India, used for tourism and leisure industry, and many of them are in need of proper care and Indonesian women sit as they eat bakso at a street in Depok, Indonesia, 08 November 2018. Bakso or meatballs consist of meatballs and noodles mixed with tofu, mustard greens, fried onions and chili sauce. Bakso is one of the most popular street foods in Indonesia. EPA-EFE/ADI WEDA

India's First Elephant Hospital

Photographer: Harish Tyagi

Street Food in Asia

Various photographers

Faheya, 85-year-old and aunt of Nasser, poses for a photo at their house at the Nubian village of Gharb Suhil, Aswan governorate, Egypt, 03 September 2018. 'It's changed our life 180 degrees', says Nasser's aunt Fathiya who is 85 years old. EPA-EFE/MOHAMED HOSSAM A jockey rides his horse during a race at Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi, Kenya, 21 October 2018. Ngong racecourse was opened in 1954 at its current location when it was moved from the previous location at the request of the British colonial government as the city required space for expansion. As East Africa's only thoroughbred horse racing venue, it hosts more than 20 races annually. Since the first recorded horse racing that took place in the country in 1904, the popularity is said to have been declining and the industry is facing challenges but with emergence of African jockeys, trainers and horse owners, the sport has survived to date in Kenya. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

Egypt's Nubians Resettlement, 50 Years On

Photographer: Mohamed Hossam

Horse Racing in Africa

Various photographers