World Leprosy Eradication Day on 31st January

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World Leprosy Eradication Day 2021

People observe World Leprosy Day on the last Sunday of January month every year. the purpose of this day is to focus on the target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children.

History:

  • In 1954, French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau introduced this day. this day marks a tribute to the life of the Mahatma Gandhi.

Theme 2021

  • “Beat Leprosy, End Stigma and advocate for Mental Wellbeing ”.

What is leprosy?

  • Leprosy is also called as Hansen and it is an infectious disease caused by a bacillus Mycobacterium leprae and is named after Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen. Armauer Hansen was a Norwegian physician.

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