leprosy News

Screening all children for leprosy,TB: India’s disease burden, mission explained

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves, but has a wide range of clinical manifestations.

Harsh Vardhan calls for change in discriminatory laws against leprosy patients

“It will be a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation on his 150th Birth Anniversary if we can expedite the process and introduction of the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy (EDPAL) Bill, which was drafted by the Law Commission of India and annexed in its 256th Report,” Vardhan wrote in his letter.


'No road, no electricity, no hospital': life in Bemari Basti, Assam's former leprosy colony

Although the last patient suffering from leprosy died almost two decades ago, residents of this former leprosy colony in Upper Assam still suffer the disease's lingering stigma

Inform me if ministers skip Parliament duty, PM Modi tells party brass

While briefing the media, Joshi said that the prime minister told the parliamentarians that they should take up a social cause or an issue of human sensitivity as a "mission" apart from carrying out their duties as members of Parliament.

Japan government to pay damages to kin over leprosy isolation

More than 12,000 leprosy patients were kept in 14 isolated sanatoriums across the country, and many were also forcibly sterilized. Many remained at the sanatoriums even after the termination of the segregation policy in 1996, fearing discrimination and with ties to their families severed.

‘Scheduled Tribes most affected by leprosy in Gujarat’

As much as 64.8 per cent of leprosy affected people in the state are from the Scheduled Tribes. The figure had gone up from 63.91 per cent in 2015-16, and is way higher than the national average of 18.8 percent in 2016-17 and 18.79 per cent in 2015-16.


Number of serious afflictions in leprosy cases steadily reducing: Health Ministry data

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), Grade 1 disability among new leprosy cases relate to eye problems, where vision is not severely affected and a person is able to count fingers from a distance of six metres.

World Leprosy Day: over half of new cases are detected in India

India accounts for 60% of new cases detected in 2017 — 1.26 lakh out of 2.10 lakh. The country’s numbers have consistently been more than half the world figures since 2008.

Leprosy on rise, Bihar may see all-time high of 50,000 new cases this year

Health dept says aggressive campaign led to more cases; experts blame poor living conditions

End leprosy for good: 28,456 Maharashtra's gram panchayats to take vow on Republic Day

In Maharashtra, health officials said they would take up the campaign on January 26. Gram sabha meetings will be held across several villages on January 26 as part of Republic Day celebrations.