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Professor Michel Lechat was a renowned Belgian epidemiologist who worked at the Catholic University of Louvain and later at the Tropical Institute at Antwerp. He published more than 300 scientific papers, including more than 200 on leprosy. In 1953 he went to Iyonda in the then Belgian Congo to run the leprosarium. In 1959 he agreed to play host to Graham Greene, who stayed with him and his family for several weeks while the writer was researching for his novel A Burnt-Out Case. Subsequently Professor Lechat became a lifelong friend of Greene. He died in 2014.

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