World Leprosy Day


World Leprosy Day is marked yearly on the last Sunday of January. This day serves as a solemn reminder for increased global awareness and understanding of Leprosy disease that has persisted for centuries. Beyond the physical effects, leprosy carries a heavy burden of social stigma and discrimination that hinders the well-being of those affected. The day is organized collectively by individuals affected by leprosy and entities dedicated to addressing leprosy-related concerns. World Leprosy Day falls on the 28th of January this year.So, what is Leprosy? Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is an infectious condition caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It primarily affects the skin and nerves. However, leprosy’s impact extends beyond the physical realm. The social stigma attached to the disease often leads to isolation, discrimination, and exclusion of those affected. The disease is curable with the help of multidrug therapy. However, if left untreated it can lead to irreversible and continuous harm to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes.World Leprosy Day serves as a vital platform for eradicating misconceptions surrounding leprosy. It provides an opportunity to educate communities about the realities of the disease, encouraging early detection, timely medical treatment, and the eventual eradication of leprosy. Beyond the medical aspects, the day aims to break down barriers of bias and promote a society that is more compassionate and knowledgeable. The stigma associated with leprosy is deeply rooted in historical and cultural misconceptions. Many societies view those with leprosy as outcasts or even punishment for their past sins. Empathy plays a crucial role in dismantling the stigma surrounding leprosy. World Leprosy Day encourages individuals to empathize with the experiences of those affected, to see beyond the physical symptoms, and to recognize the humanity in every person.As we observe World Leprosy Day, let’s pledge to dispel the stigma associated with this ancient disease. Through education, awareness, and empathy, we can pave the way for a society that sees individuals affected by leprosy not as victims but as individuals deserving of support. It is only through collective efforts that we can build a world free from bias, creating a future for everyone.

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Rtr. Sumaiya Sadeek
(Junior Blog Team Member 2023-24)

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Rtr. Naduni Anjana
(Junior Blog Team Member 2023-24)

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