In India, NGOs struggle to fight an 'eliminated' disease

Women’s ward at a leper colony in India. The World Health Organization declared leprosy eliminated as a public health problem in the country in 2005. Photo by: Erin Collins / CC BY-ND

In early April, the Law Commission of India submitted a draft law to stamp out discrimination against people afflicted with leprosy.

Indeed, nearly a decade after leprosy was “eliminated” in the country, there remain some laws that allow being afflicted with the infectious disease as grounds for divorce, firing and even refusing someone a train seat.

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    Alys Francis

    Alys Francis is a freelance journalist covering development and other news in South Asia for international media outlets. Based in India, she travels widely around the region and has covered major events, including national elections in India and Nepal. She is interested in how technology is aiding development and rapidly altering societies.