Informal Consultation on stopping discrimination and promoting inclusion of persons affected by leprosy
14-16 November 2017, New Delhi, India
Leprosy, since ages is associated with deformities in communities where it is prevalent. Ignorance, myths and misconceptions about the disease lead to stigma and to some extent people hesitated to seek treatment for the fear of getting discriminated. Persons affected by leprosy were deprived of social entitlements like disability pensions and contesting elections. Leprosy was ground for divorce in some countries.
Global Leprosy Strategy 2016‒2020; Accelerating towards a leprosy-free World was released in 2016 with a vision of a world without leprosy. The target for stopping discrimination is ‘zero countries with legislations that allow discrimination on the basis of leprosy.
WHO is organizing an ‘Informal Consultation stopping discrimination and promoting inclusion of persons affected by Leprosy’ to:
- Discuss social mobilization and empowerment interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination and promote inclusion of persons affected
- Improve understanding on legislations that allow discrimination and recommend steps to abolish them
- Discuss improving access to service delivery in order to promote Universal health coverage and achieving SDGs
The deliberations will provide an overall guidance on implementing and monitoring Pillar 3 activities of Global leprosy strategy to stop discrimination and promote inclusion.
- Successful approaches for social mobilization and empowerment for stopping discrimination
- Information on discriminatory laws against leprosy and processes to get them amended
- Steps in improving leprosy services and access to health care