Nikita Sarah, Head, Advocacy and Communication, Diana Princess of Wales Health Education and Media Centre, The Leprosy Mission Trust India, stated that leprosy was one of the leading causes of disability with India accounting for 58 per cent of the global leprosy burden.
The Supreme Court Monday expressed concern over prevalence of leprosy in the country despite the disease being curable and sought explanation form Centre and state governments for their alleged failure to curb it.
President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday called for integrated leprosy services in geographically focused areas to eradicate the disease while Vice President Hamid Ansari urged for generating awareness about its misconceptions.
Higlighting the discrimination against the leprosy-affected in India, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Elimination of Leprosy Yohei Sasakawa has called for extension of support to the patients to overcome the stigma associated with the disease.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Wednesday said that though the fight against leprosy has made great progress in the last two decades, complacency may now threaten the last push towards freeing the world of the disease.
To answer why was there a sudden drop in the incidence of leprosy at the end of the Middle Ages, biologists and archeologists reconstructed the genomes of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for the disease, which they exhumed from centuries old human graves.