THE LEPROSY MISSION TRUST INDIA AND NOVARTIS PRESENTS ‘THE UNWANTED’
~A DOCUMENTARY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NDTV PRIME THAT AIMS TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT LEPROSY~
Bengaluru. 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.
World Health Organisation (WHO) norms state that leprosy is eliminated only if the prevalence of the disease is less than one case per 10,000 persons. This status was achieved by India in the year 2005, but India still has the largest population of leprosy affected people in the world.
A global report from 2015 states that 60% of the 2,12,000 people detected with leprosy were from India. This rate has been steadily declining since then, but there are still over 10 million people in India who do not receive adequate nutritional support, resulting in very low immunity and therefore being susceptible to catching the disease. The next step is to eradicate the leprosy from its roots and have zero cases reported.
The thought provoking documentary was screened to address the stories of those with leprosy that range from abandonment, discrimination and pain to physical deformation. It also highlighted the need to render human service to those in need and in the process help create ways to eradicate the spread of this non-infectious disease.
The screening was attended by Jawed Zia, Country President – Novartis India, former cricketer Syed Kirmani, Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Principal Secretary,Health & Family Welfare Services Govt of Karnataka and several others.