WORLD LEPROSY DAY

The day aims to raise awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct, when in fact around 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and we believe millions more people are living undiagnosed.
The last Sunday in January was chosen by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau in 1953, as the third Sunday from Epiphany from the Catholic calendar. The Catholic Church then reads the story of the Gospel where Jesus meets and heals a person with leprosy.
6 simple ways to get involved in World Leprosy Day
1. Take the pledge
Pledge your support to help us beat leprosy by our 100th year. Take a look at our Beat Leprosy page to find out how.
2. Get social
Help us spread the word by joining us on social media on World Leprosy Day. All you have to do is print off our #BeatLeprosy banner, take a selfie with it and then post it out on your chosen social media channels using our #BeatLeprosy and #WLD2018 hashtags.
Alternatively if you are camera shy, send us a tweet using #WLD2018, or like or share on our social media this World Leprosy Day
You can also show your support by temporarily changing your profile picture to our Twibbon.
3. Inform your friends
Leprosy has been forgotten by society – leaving the people affected ignored and isolated. By raising awareness around the world, we can tackle the stigma which often stops people coming forward for treatment, and raise funds to help beat the disease.
Why not use World Leprosy day to tell your friends and family about us, and the people we help – you can find out about the lives we have changed here. By simply passing on your knowledge and telling someone about us and our work, you’ll be making a big difference.
4. Don’t call me a ‘leper’
The term ‘leper’ was once used to describe a person affected by leprosy but, over the years, the word has become associated with anyone who is outcast, seen as a pariah or someone to be avoided.
We want to reduce this stigma and work towards a world where people know that leprosy is curable and doesn’t have to mean a life of social isolation. So we’re asking you, if you hear it being used in a chat with your friends or in a discussion at work, let that person know that leprosy still exists and ‘leper’ isn’t a correct term to use. We have tips on what to say here.
5. FundraiseWear it loud for Lepra
All the money you raise goes towards improving the lives of those affected by diseases like leprosy and there’s so many ways you can do it. There are book sales and bake sales, concerts and tea parties and you could even get your workplace or local organisation to ‘wear it loud for Lepra.’ Have everyone wear their most colourful outfit, bring in £1 and help put the fun in fundraising.
Head over to our fundraising page for more ideas of how you can get involved.

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