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Commemorate World Leprosy Day 2019 - Sunday 27 January 2019 is World Leprosy Day 2019

World Leprosy Day is annually observed around the world on the last Sunday of January. The day was initiated in 1954 by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau, as a way to raise global awareness  and call attention to the fact that it can be prevented, treated and cured. On this day, organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) hold public and educational outreach events where they give people information about how to prevent the spread of the disease.

This year’s World Leprosy Day (WLD2019) takes place on Sunday 27 January. The theme is ending discrimination, stigma and prejudice.
The majority of people affected by leprosy are believed to experience some form of stigma and discrimination. Up to half of them will face mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety.


This dossier offers an overview of recent (scientific) publications about leprosy related stigma and discrimination.