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Monday, August 03, 2020



'Neglected Tropical Diseases get little global attention as mostly poor get afflicted'

January 30, 2020 10:39 pm

“Populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock are those worst affected,” says WHO.

Art for inclusion: An Austrian's vision for Indian society

January 30, 2020 11:36 am

Dornik has been working with and for those afflicted with leprosy for years now, encouraging them to get over their pain — one brushstroke at a time.

How people in leprosy colonies are fighting stigma for a life of dignity

December 09, 2019 6:09 pm

While leprosy is curable and early treatment checks disabilities, the stigma associated with the disease continues to run deep. In 2017, there were 2.1 lakh new leprosy cases registered globally — India accounted for over half of them, according to the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP).

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

September 05, 2019 8:48 am

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

August 22, 2019 12:31 am

“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

July 27, 2019 10:11 am

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

July 16, 2019 10:05 pm

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

July 09, 2019 5:18 pm

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’

July 04, 2020 1:17 pm

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

January 30, 2019 6:22 pm

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.