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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

World Leprosy Day

[b]World Leprosy Day[/b]

By Oscar E V Fernando

World Leprosy Day is the 29th of January. Contrary to popular belief that leprosy causes no concern now, it is still very closely monitored by the world health bodies, as is evidenced by this day set apart.

Mostly prevalent in poor third world countries, strangely it is here that leprosy affected persons and their kith and kin are shunned—with inability for children to pursue studies and others to find employment in the vicinity; probably due to setting them off as ‘karmic forces.’ These are first hand experiences by those of us who monitor these ill affected families very closely, through out the length and breadth of the country.

If the myth that the problem of leprosy is over in Sri Lanka is shattered with this article it would only be a marginal service to the cause; as what meets the eye is only the tip of the iceberg: it is astonishing how a society could turn their back on its own members!

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