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Leprosy in India Today

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Feb 22, 2019 — 

India was officially declared to have eliminated leprosy in 2005 when new cases fell to less than 1 per 10,000, yet India still accounts for the largest number of leprosy affected people in the world (58 per cent).

Indian research contributed to the development of Multi-Drug Therapy or MDT, now recommended by WHO, which led to the shortening of treatment and higher cure rates.

In recent years, along with other countries, India has repealed legislation that discriminates against persons affected by leprosy.In 2016, it repealed the draconian colonial-era Lepers Act and in January 2019 Lok Sabha passed a bill seeking to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce

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