Anti-Leprosy Day Observed on 30 January 2017 (Download PDF)


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A nationwide Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign will be launched on January 30. It is also marked as Anti-Leprosy Day. It is Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi. 32, 000 hidden cases confirmed of leprosy across 163 districts in 20 states during door-to-door surveys held last year.

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Objectives of Celebrating Anti-Leprosy Day

  • It is celebrated to understand real need to fight against leprosy.
  • To raise awareness about the disease
  • To offer help to those affected by disease through regular and free of cost treatment they need
  • To make diseased persons psychologically strong and help them to cope up with physical impairments of skin sores and nerve damage
  • To ascertain that all affected persons are getting the necessary treatment, rehabilitation and care or not
  • To estimate marked decrease or increase in rate of spread of disease

India’s success story in Eliminating Leprosy

India’s story in Eliminating Leprosy

India’s Story in Eliminating Leprosy

India’s story in Eliminating Leprosy

  • 1955: National Leprosy Control Programme launched
  • 1983: National Leprosy Eradication Programme launched
  • 1983: Introduction of Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT)
  • 2005: Elimination of leprosy at the national level was achieved on 31 December 2005.
  • 2012: Special action plan for 209 high endemic districts in 16 States/UTs launched
  • 2016: A three-pronged strategy for early detection of leprosy cases in the community was introduced under the National Health Mission.
  • 2016: A special Leprosy Case Detection Campaign was launched. As a result, more than 32000 cases were confirmed and were put on treatment.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 17, 2017

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