Losheng Sanatorium is the only public sanatorium for leprosy patients in Taiwan. Due to the construction of Taipei mass rapid transportation, the authorities plan to transform Losheng to a community hospital, thus putting an end to its dedicated hospitalization and care for leprosy patients. Losheng was established in 1930. Since then, it has shouldered significant responsibility in the prevention and cure of leprosy. Pages of lives in Losheng can well reflect the entire history of leprosy prevention in Taiwan.
“Outside the World” is a piece of reporting literature, first of its kind in Taiwan, recording the lives of leprosy patients in Losheng Sanatorium. The interviews and articles were done by Chang Ping-I, former senior journalist of China Times; and the pictures were taken by Lin Kuo-chang, senior photographer of China Times. The book has 328 pages and contains some treasurable images from the old days. The texts are both in Chinese and English.
1500 copies of hard-copy version are published and put on sale, the revenue of which will completely be used for charity. Half of it goes to the emergency aids for the elders with leprosy in Taiwan, and the other half to the “engineering of hope” for children of leprosy patients in remote China.