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International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy conferred to Dr N.S. Dharmashaktu

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind recently conferred the International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy to Dr N.S. Dharmashaktu under the Indian nomination (individual) category. Dr N.S. Dharmashaktu was the former Principal adviser (Public health), Ministry of Health and family welfare. The Leprosy Mission Trust was presented the award under the institutional category.  The President also announced ..

2020’s Anti-leprosy day observed on January 26

The ‘Anti-leprosy day’ is observed annually on the last Sunday of January, across the world. This year, the day is observed on January 26, 2020, the month’s last Sunday. The World Health Organisation has adopted a theme of ‘Leprosy isn’t you think’ to create awareness to fight the prejudice and discrimination associated with the disease. ..

Scheme to screen all Children for Leprosy and TB

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has rolled out a programme for universal screening of children below 18 years for leprosy and tuberculosis (TB). About the Scheme Under the scheme, an estimated 25 crore children and adolescents will be screened annually for leprosy and TB and put on treatment if required. The Rashtriya ..

Hemant Pandey develops a herbal drug to treat leucoderma

Hemant Pandey, a senior DRDO scientist, has developed a herbal drug – Lukoskin – to treat leucoderma, a condition in which white patches develop on the skin. The auto-immune condition, also called ‘vitiligo’, can be life-altering. Vitiligo is neither contagious nor life-threatening. Worldwide, the incidence of leucoderma is 1-2% of the population. In India, its ..

2019 World Leprosy Day (WLD)

The World Leprosy Day (WLD) is observed every year on the last Sunday of January to spread awareness about the disease, the impact of discrimination and social stigma attached to it and how these negative effects hamper the efforts to stop the spread of the disease. This year, in 2019, it falls on 27 January ..

Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 strikes out Leprosy disease as a ground for seeking a divorce

On January 7, the Lok Sabha passed ‘The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018’, which seeks removal of leprosy as a ground for divorce from various Acts governing marriage in India. The Bill seeks to amend five Acts: the Divorce Act of 1869, the Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act of 1939, the Special Marriage Act of ..

The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 aims to remove discrimination and stigma attached to patients of eprosy

The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 eliminates leprosy as a ground for dissolution of marriage or divorce. It is an attempt to end the discrimination against leprosy persons in various central laws: The Divorce Act, 1869; the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939; the Special Marriage Act, 1954; the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955; and the ..

Mycobacterium indicus pranii (MIP)

It is an indigenous vaccine for leprosy, developed by National Institute of Immunology. This vaccine is to be administered to those living in close contact with infected people. MIP is now being introduced into the National Leprosy Elimination Programme (NLEP) It is also the first vaccine on leprosy and has shown capability to bring down ..