Reducing the stigma and misinformation surrounding leprosy and promoting social inclusion is one of our prime tasks. It is also important for early treatment and prevention of disabilities of new patients who are reluctant to come forward because the stigma relate to leprosy.
We no longer use the term ‘leper’ rather we say ‘people affected by leprosy.’ In fact the World Health Organisation recommended banning the word “leper” some thirty years ago because of the stigma attached to it. Journalists and reporters are urged not to use any discriminative terminology.
The Project has: