World Leprosy Eradication Day
World Leprosy Eradication Day is observed annually on the last Sunday of January. This year it was observed on 29th January 2023. World Leprosy Eradication Day is observed to raise awareness about leprosy and the need for early diagnosis and treatment.
What is Leprosy?
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that affects the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes. If left untreated, it can cause severe disabilities and disfigurement. However, leprosy is curable with a simple and inexpensive treatment known as Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT).
World Leprosy Eradication Day 2023 Theme
The theme for World Leprosy Eradication Day 2023 is “Ending discrimination, stigma, and prejudice against people affected by leprosy.” People with leprosy often face social stigma and discrimination, making it difficult to access healthcare, education, and employment.
World Leprosy Eradication Day Significance
Leprosy is just an infectious skin and neural disease that can also lead to depression, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO). The person who is infected and afflicted by the sickness is subjected to severe mental stress as a result of the attitudes of those around them. Isolation, social stigma, and marginalization are all factors that contribute to their depression. World Leprosy Day aims to change people’s perceptions about leprosy patients and raise awareness and sympathy for them.
The truth that leprosy is treatable must be made known to the public in order to promote the mental health of leprosy patients. The importance of this day stems from the concept that no leprosy sufferer should be socially isolated. They should not be shunned by their peers and must confront difficult struggles on their own as a result of the condition.
Here are some simple ways you can help in the fight against leprosy:
- Spread awareness about leprosy and its symptoms.
- Support organizations that work towards ending leprosy and its stigma.
- Treat everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of their health condition.
World Leprosy Eradication Day in Hindi
World Leprosy Eradication Day 2023: FAQ
Q. Why is World leprosy Eradication day celebrated?
Ans: World Leprosy Day is Sunday 29th January. World Leprosy Day always takes place on the last Sunday of January.
Q. In which year was World leprosy Eradication day was established?
Ans: World Leprosy Day falls on the last Sunday in January. It was established by the French journalist Raoul Follereau in 1954 to advocate for those affected by the disease.
Q. Who is the father of leprosy in India?