Leprosy is one of the most evocative diseases known today. But is it really that horrifying? There are many misconceptions about the cause, methods of transmission, and treatment.There is a need to educate persons with leprosy and their families about the etiology of the disease.

Leprosy is a disease mainly caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, which causes damage to the skin and the peripheral nervous system. It is a mildly infectious disease associated with poverty.

This is particularly true of leprosy where the problems of social stigma and ostracism are more prominent than the disease itself. Lack of knowledge and information, age old beliefs, fear and shame have resulted in stigma of leprosy. Leprosy patients are considered as shameful and are not accepted normally in the society.

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberclulosis but rather the feeling of being unwanted." said by Mother Teresa.

They are often ostracised from the community and its resources. They are excluded from the festivals and gatherings. Children are denied education. Even in modern and advanced, it affects marriage prospects and make it difficult to get a job.

Religious texts portrey leprosy as a divine punishment for the sinful acts and immoral behavior of the person. This often legitimize the stigma and discrimination against tge poeple suffering from leprosy.

Do these poeple have no heart? Do they have no wishes? Do they have no respect in the society? Do they have no dreams in their life? We must understand that they are also human beings like us. In fact, being diseased, they should be given concern to make them feel that neither are the reviled nor are we repulsed.

Judging others does not define who they are, it defines who you are. We need to understand that their abilty is more than their disability.
Stop discrmination against the poeple subjected to leprosy.

Efforts by Nandita Verma
studying in 10th standerd in St. Joseph's Academy Ghaziabad and an intern at PRAYAAS CORPS.

PRAYAAS CORPS is a non profit organization whose main motive is to teach underprivileged children. Also their perspective is to form a society where every citizen should understand their moral duties towards their society and work hand in hand for the betterment of the country.
website link: www.prayaascorps.com

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