Leprosy, also called Hansen’s Disease, is one of the oldest documented diseases. With over 2-3 lakh people reportedly diagnosed in 2014, millions of cases remain undiagnosed every year. One of the main reasons that prevent prompt diagnosis and treatment is the stigma associated with it.
In honour of Mahatma Gandhi, who fought to eradicate the disease, 30th January is observed as World Leprosy Eradication Day. The main purpose of observing this day is to remind people across the world that the disease they believe is now extinct very much exists.
There are a host of documentaries, books, and plays that have been made to spread awareness about the disease and reduce the stigma associated with it, even in today’s modern times. Check out some of these suggestions put together by our Editorial Team.
Must-Read Books on Leprosy:
- Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice
- The Disease (One Man’s Journey Through a Life with Leprosy)
- In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir (P.S.)
- The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai
- Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America
Documentaries on Leprosy:
- The Documentary, Living with Leprosy
- Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
- Secret People: The Naked Face of Leprosy in America
Leprosy is a curable disease. All we need today to eradicate it from the face of our planet is some love, compassion and awareness.