Leprosy

  • Sinful to discriminate against leprosy patients: Dalai Lama March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Even though India has achieved the World Health Organisation's (WHO) elimination level for leprosy, the social stigma associated with the disease is still prevalent, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said. "This is a physical condition like any other and people should not look down upon others. All human...
  • Acid attack victim and crusader tipped to get 'Ojaswani Award' January 10, 2014

    Acid attack victim Laxmi, whose crusade against acid attacks forced the Supreme Court to ban the open sale of acid in the market as well as noted social worker Kavita Bhattarai who serves leprosy patients will be given this year's prestigious 'Ojaswani Award, it was announced here on Friday. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister...
  • Need to shed stigma attached to Leprosy September 25, 2013

    Kolkata: Higlighting the discrimination against the leprosy-affected in India, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Elimination of Leprosy Yohei Sasakawa has called for extension of support to the patients to overcome the stigma associated with the disease. "Many parts of India still face the problems of discrimination and a major social stigma is...
  • CJ Appeals for Better Treatment of Leprosy Sufferers August 11, 2013

    One CJ - himself a leprosy sufferer - exposes the limited amount of compensation that victims receive, and documents their attempts to create a community for themselves. ...
  • Citizen Journalist Show: No Country for Children, and more August 11, 2013

    This week, the CJ show travels from Jharkhand to Bangalore and back, featuring the stories of a reunited international couple, a road restoration project in Bangalore, and a plea for better roads in Ladakh. Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai launches the No Country for Children campaign, in which CJ will track the...
  • Faridabad: Leprosy patient help others like him to find home July 19, 2013

    Faridabad: After being thrown out of his home and forced to beg, leprosy patient M Gurappa vowed that he would not let other patients suffer the same fate and would also help them find a home. Gurappa was disowned by his family in his teens after he was afflicted with leprosy....
  • Real hero Kabita Bhattarai treats leprosy patients for free March 18, 2013

    Raxaul: There will be only few who would venture close to a leper, leave alone tend and care, but the way Kabita Bhattarai reaches out to them is extraordinary. Setting up an ashram in a remote corner near the Bihar-Nepal border, she has treated nearly half a million patients for...
  • Bihar: Woman treats leprosy patients for free April 18, 2012

    Raxaul: Kabita Bhattarai is a lone crusader in the battle against leprosy. Setting up an ashram in a remote corner near the Bihar-Nepal border, she has treated nearly half a million patients for free in her 240-bed leprosy hospital. "The will of the god is that I serve the people who...
  • India still struggling to do away with leprosy August 12, 2011

    Mumbai: India officially eliminated leprosy six years ago, but that seems to be a jargon as it doesn't really mean that the country has eradicated the disease. One-third of the districts are in the danger zone. Home to 65 per cent of the world's leprosy cases, the country cannot afford...
  • Mother Teresa still inspires Delhi doctors August 26, 2010

    Mother Teresa's 100th birth anniversary is being celebrated around the world. Even though she died in 1997 but even 13 years after her death, doctors still volunteer at a leprosy home in Delhi, happy to be able to help complete the task, the Saint of the Gutters set out to...
  • India's leprosy problem: political, social and legal February 5, 2010

    New Delhi: It was World Leprosy Day on Sunday. In India alone, 1lakh new cases of leprosy are diagnosed every year. That is despite its cure having been found 20 years ago. Even more than 60 years after becoming independent, India struggles with leprosy. Statistics suggest that there is one leper...
  • IBNliving: Social stigma hinders leprosy eradication February 6, 2009

    Leprosy an ageold disease which has been deforming mankind since biblical times by 2006, WHO aimed for complete eradication of the disease but even now globally 5 lakh new cases are diagnosed every year. ...
  • Shankar Ehsaan and Loy perform for a good cause January 27, 2009

    Mumbai: This weekend Music composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy performed for a good cause. This time the dynamic trio had a fund raising concert for the NGO Alert India which fights against leprosy in Mumbai. "As musicians we don't feel like we are doing a great deed by just performing....
  • Meet good samaritans: Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy January 20, 2009

    Mumbai: Arguably Bollywood's most wanted musicians Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy brought a big smile to leprosy patients at a city hospital in Mumbai on Monday. They made an appearance minus their music at a city hospital in Mumbai to meet with leprosy patients in attempt to create awareness about...
  • Lepers treated as outcasts, shunned by society January 31, 2008

    New Delhi: The Satya Jivan Leprosy Colony in Lajpat Nagar is an area of outcasts, crossed out of society. Seventy families, over 200 lepers live here and they all get one common reaction from society — hatred. A leprosy patient, Monappa says, "All we have seen is hatred for us. I...