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TNF, Disabled People's International join hands to end discrimination, stigma against people affected by leprosy

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

An annual initiative of The (TNF) since 2006, Global Appeal aims to put an end to the discrimination faced by people affected by and their families.

The (TNF) is led by who is also the WHO Goodwill for Elimination since 2001. The fight to end stigma against is in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights".

This includes every person affected by Leprosy in the whole wide world.

For the launch of the 13th edition of the Global Appeal, is partnering with (DPI), the world's first successful cross-disability endeavour to convert the talk about full and equal participation of persons with disabilities into action. So far, 91 Member National Assemblies (MNAs) of DPI from around the world have endorsed the Global Appeal 2018.

Javed Abidi, Global Chair, DPI will be the host for Global Appeal 2018 in Explaining the intent of the 'Global Appeal 2018', says, "Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind and people affected by it continue to be rejected and neglected by society due to its outdated image of being contagious and disfiguring. However, today it is curable with antibiotics. We need to rise above the social, economic and legal discrimination that still persists for people affected by this disease."

The Global Appeal 2018 will be launched in New Delhi, on Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 at Taj Diplomatic Enclave.

There are 18 Leprosy-endemic countries where the prevalence rate of Leprosy is more than 1000 cases/year. These include Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, (Federated States of), India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and

About 200,000 new cases of Leprosy are detected each year, worldwide and there are still several active Leprosy colonies in the world, where people do not have access to basic facilities and continue to be seen as outcasts.

DPI Member National Assemblies (MNAs) in the Leprosy-endemic countries have made proactive efforts to include self-help organizations of Leprosy as members into their National Assemblies with an aim to integrate Leprosy into the larger disability movement worldwide. In 2018, the focus will be on Bangladesh, Brazil, and

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First Published: Tue, December 26 2017. 18:55 IST