Championing a cause long-forgotten
Dr Anil Kumar, Deputy Director General (Leprosy), Government of India speaking to the Champions
NEW DELHI: The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) has so far developed over 420 Champions (persons affected by leprosy) from across the country. They are in the forefront in the fight against leprosy. They are a ‘movement’ – a movement to eradicate leprosy from India (which has 60% of the global leprosy caseload), end leprosy stigma, promote social inclusion of people affected by leprosy, and get laws discriminating against people affected by leprosy repealed (there are 119 such laws).
TLMTI brought together 35 Champions from six states for a national meet #ChampionsForZeroLeprosy, in New Delhi, from November 27-28, where they shared their achievements, challenges, and learning.
At the end of the meet, they chalked out their future course of action for raising general awareness about leprosy to end the stigma associated with leprosy and social inclusion of people affected by leprosy. They also drew up a plan to advocate for repealing laws discriminating against people affected by leprosy.
Read the news report about the meet here: http://bit.ly/2RsHiki