Union Government launches Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign
The Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign aims at communicating the importance of early detection and treatment of leprosy.
The Union Government on 30 January 2017 launched nationwide Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign (SLAC). The Campaign was launched on the occasion of Anti-Leprosy Day.
The Anti-Leprosy Day is observed annually in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi to rememorize his selfless efforts and care for the people affected by leprosy.
About Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign
• The Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign aims at communicating the importance of early detection and treatment of leprosy.
• Under the campaign, nationwide Gram Sabhas will be organised in cooperation and coordination with allied sector of health department/ministries.
• The SLAC aspires to promote community participation to reorient the delivery of the service of diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in its early stages.
• The Campaign will be conducted as an annual activity during the fortnight beginning from 30 January 2017 till 13 February 2017.
About Leprosy Disease
• Leprosy is also known as Hansen's disease (HD).
• It is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis.
• Symptoms that develop include granulomas of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin and eyes.
• The disease results in a lack of ability to feel pain. Weakness and poor eyesight are also associated with the disease.