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World Leprosy Day takes place each year on the last Sunday in January. The day aims to raise awareness of a disease many believe to be extinct, when in fact around 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. That’s not counting the estimated three million cases experts believe are undiagnosed.
It’s also a great opportunity to let people know that leprosy is curable through a course of multi-drug therapy. This means that contracting it no longer leads to a life of isolation from others.
The fact that children are being diagnosed with leprosy shows that the disease is still being transmitted. Last year, in the state of Bihar in India, 17% of the new leprosy cases we detected were in children.
Many of those already had a disability and our aim is to reduce that. This means continuing to educate remote and rural communities in places like India, Bangladesh and Mozambique on what the signs of the disease look like and where they can go for help.
We want to raise as much awareness as possible! Our offices in the UK, India and Bangladesh are doing some amazing things to help share that the message that leprosy can be beaten.
In past years, our team in the UK have taken on various awareness raising and fundraising activities for World Leprosy Day including ‘Wearing it Loud for Lepra’, showing off the brightest clothes they own from the depths of their wardrobes and sharing information about our work with congregations in churches across the UK.
Meanwhile, our team in India have taken on sponsored walks #BeatLeprosy, and our colleagues in Bangladesh have held colour rallys in the capital city of Dhaka with banners, #WLD17 banners and a loud speaker to gather attention from the crowds.
Every year on International Women's Day we will be holding events up and down the UK to support women who are affected by leprosy.
This year’s UN theme focussed on #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. As individuals we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
At Lepra we work hard to help women and girls affected by leprosy get the support they need, as well as encouraging them to pursue their dreams.
We have brilliant and inspiring women working in science, development, and in fundraising to help provide medical and social support for these women affected.
You can support our work supporting women and girls affected by leprosy at any time to ensure they receive the support they need. Here are a few simple ways:
You can help support Lepra by sharing these graphics for International Women's Day to support the women across the world affected by leprosy. See below our social media handles that you can tag us with in your posts, or retweet, like and share our posts online. It can make a huge difference in raising the profile for women affected by leprosy.
No matter the style and scale, fundraising with tea and cakes really does change lives. Why not organise your own Life Changing Tea, invite your friends, family or even host at your work place. All funds raised can be donated to Lepra, who work to help directly changing the lives of women and girls affected by leprosy.
Dr Aparna Srikantam, Medical Doctor (Microbiology).
Aparna has over 18 years’ research experience, complemented by extensive administrative and managerial experience.
Several international and national publications to her credit.
Aparna has worked with LEPRA (Blue Peter Health and Research Centre) as Group Leader, Microbiology Division since 2002.
We need to end the long standing biases and gender stereotypes and encourage women to join the world of science!
Just like Dr Aparna Srikantam.
Kasturi Kilaru - Head of Resource Mobilisation
"My academics in Cancer Genetics and the related research experience was inspired by the fact that a discovery or an invention made in a lab when translated to the real world can change the course of our lives to make them better.
Best example being Madam Curie and how she used her research findings to develop mobile X-ray units that could be used to diagnose injuries near the battlefront or use radiology for Cancer treatments.
For me, seeing the real world applications of the science and technology advances led by women is what makes STEM research fascinating and a success story."
By supporting Lepra, you can make a huge difference today to the lives of so many women, and girls affected by leprosy.