National Anti-Leprosy Day 2023
India is fighting hard to eliminate leprosy. The country has set a target of eliminating the disease completely by 2027. The set target is three years ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To aid the fight against Leprosy in the country and to create awareness about the disease India is marking National Anti–Leprosy Day on January 30.
The theme of National Anti–Leprosy Day 2023
Let us make Leprosy a History; Let us fight against leprosy
Leprosy and SDG
The United Nations aims to eradicate leprosy by 2030 by achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The international organization believes that it can eradicate the disease by following the following goals:
- Goal 1: End Poverty
- Goal 3: Quality and affordable health care for all
- Goal 6: Clean water for all
- Goal 10: Reduce inequality
But India is to eliminate Leprosy three years ahead of UN goals.
The Government of India is planning to eradicate leprosy by strengthening its National Leprosy Eradication Programme. To achieve the target, the allowance to leprosy patients was increased from 8,000 rupees to 12,000 rupees. The allowance shall be used by the patients for their reconstructive surgeries.
National Leprosy Eradication Programme
The program has been highly successful. It helped the Indian Government to reduce the leprosy numbers to 0.45 per 10,000 people in 2021-22. In 2014-15, the numbers were 0.69 per ten thousand people.
- ABSULS: Asha – based Surveillance for Leprosy Suspects
- FLC: Focused Leprosy Campaign
- National Strategic Plan and Roadmap for Leprosy
- National Guidelines for AMR in Leprosy
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