Today we will tell you today is national what day. The origin of leprosy is lost in the mists of time. It appeared in Europe from the first centuries of the Christian era. The entire Mediterranean basin is contaminated. World Leprosy Day disappears progressively from France and Europe, during the eighteenth century. Some outbreaks persist in Europe and North America (Louisiana).
World Leprosy Day January 29
A scourge of yesterday and today
But in South America, Africa, and Asia, there are still hundreds of thousands of victims. About fifteen countries have more than one leprosy patient per ten thousand inhabitants, of which India, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar and Nigeria.
According to recent data from the World Health Organization, there would still be – by 2015 – 175 000 patients registered worldwide … but more than 200 000 new cases detected each year, one every 5 minutes.
Stopping the fight against leprosy today under the pretext of the successes would naturally result in the gradual return to the situation that Raoul Follereau still denounced in 1961: “Will it last? Let us die, rot, fifteen millions of human beings, when we now know that they can be healed, saved and cured? ”
A World Day with a Variable Date
The World Leprosy Day is traditionally organized on the last weekend of January, for 2017 on 28 and 29 January.
Sites to visit: two associations work together to ensure the material organization of World Leprosy Day, the Raoul Follereau Association and the Order of Malta.