Leprosy is one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Our organization, Leprosy Relief Canada, is a new member of the Canadian Network of NTDs. On Saturday, January 30, we will follow the illumination of buildings in purple and orange - from the Great Wall of China to the Colosseum in Rome, the African Renaissance Monument in Dakar to the CN Tower in Toronto - to drive global awareness of the 1.7 billion people still affected by those neglected diseases. Close to 40 international monuments will glow orange and purple to remind us of the worldwide importance of the Neglected Tropical Diseases.
WORLD LEPROSY DAY - January 31, 2021
World Leprosy Day takes place on the last Sunday of January. On World Leprosy Day we raise public awareness of leprosy, including the medical and social implications of the disease and the rights of persons affected. Social media campaigns, community parades, school programming, and cultural events are held worldwide in the weeks leading up to World Leprosy Day. We unite around one goal: BeatLeprosy. This World Leprosy Day, we invite you to help spread the word that Leprosy is curable. Join in the fight to end stigma and advocate for the mental wellbeing of persons who have experienced leprosy.
WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Road Map
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 illnesses. They impact approximately 1.7 billion people in 149 countries worldwide; affecting those who live in poverty and have limited access to adequate healthcare, clean water and sanitation facilities.The eagerly awaited WHO NTD road map - Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030 - will be officially launched on 28 January during a high-level, high-energy, virtual event that will celebrate progress, outline new targets, the fundamental shifts that are needed and rally the community for action.