The Leprosy Mission Trust India and Novartis presents ‘The Unwanted’

Bengaluru, June 7, 2017 Leprosy Mission Trust India and Novartis hosted a special screening of The Unwanted – a documentary on leprosy at the JW Marriott, Bangalore today. Produced by NDTV PRIME, the documentary sheds light upon the social stigma associated with the disease while drawing attention to the state of leprosy affected people by creating a conversation around the subject.

Javed Zia,Country Presindent,Novartis, India and Syed Kirmani, Former Indian Cricketer 

World HealthOrganisation (WHO) norms state that leprosy is eliminated only if theprevalence of the disease is less than one case per 10,000 persons. This statuswas achieved by India in the year 2005, but India still has the largestpopulation of leprosy affected people in the world.

A globalreport from 2015 states that 60% of the 2,12,000 people detected with leprosywere from India. This rate has been steadily declining since then, but thereare still over 10 million people in India who do not receive adequatenutritional support, resulting in very low immunity and therefore beingsusceptible to catching the disease.  Thenext step is to eradicate the leprosy from its roots and have zero casesreported.

The thoughtprovoking documentary was screened to address the stories of those with leprosythat range from abandonment, discrimination and pain to physical deformation.It also highlighted the need to render human service to those in need and inthe process help create ways to eradicate the spread of this non-infectiousdisease.

Thescreening was attended by Jawed Zia, Country President - Novartis India, formercricketer Syed Kirmani, Shalini Rajneesh,IAS, Principal Secretary,Health &Family Welfare Services Govt of Karnataka and several others.

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