On the last Sunday of January, people all around the world celebrate World Leprosy Day.
It’s a day we can set aside to raise awareness of people affected by leprosy.
The French humanitarian Raoul Follereau selected the date for World Leprosy Day. He wanted to pay homage to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his death on 30th January 1948. Inspired by Jesus, Gandhi had a lifelong compassion for people affected by leprosy.
This year World Leprosy Day falls on 28th January.
The theme for this year is Healthy futures: Preventing girls and boys from developing disabilities associated with leprosy.
- Tens of thousands of boys and girls are diagnosed with leprosy each year, demonstrating that leprosy is still being transmitted throughout communities. #ZeroTransmission
- We can prevent the development of lifelong disabilities in children if new leprosy cases are detected and treated early. #Zero Disabilities
- Too often, children affected by leprosy stop going to school and feel socially isolated because of discrimination. As well as treatment, social inclusion is key to ending leprosy. #ZeroDiscrimination
- By working together to prevent, treat and cure leprosy in girls and boys, we will be one vital step closer to a world without leprosy. #ZeroLeprosy
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