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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is observed internationally every year on the last Sunday of January to increase the public awareness of leprosy (also known as Hansen's Disease).

The Special Rapporteur issues public statements to mark World Leprosy Day as follows:

To better fight against the #COVID19 pandemic, we should learn from the history of #leprosy. We need to eliminate discrimination, stigma and double standards for those who have been systematically left behind – @srleprosy 👉

— UN Special Procedures (@UN_SPExperts) January 29, 2021