Approximately 3,500 new cases of leprosy are diagnosed in Nepal each year. People tend to live with the symptoms for years before seeking help. In the meantime, the disease is free to ravage the stricken individual as well as infect others in the immediate vicinity. Leprosy is extremely taboo in Nepal. Many who are infected are cast out from their communities. The Green Pastures Hospital in Pokhara is the only hospital for miles around that treats leprosy, and specialises in treating paraplegia and builds prosthetics. In addition to medical care, patients also receive assistance with reintegrating into society.