About Disease

Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. The disease primarily affects the skin and peripheral nerves, resulting in skin lesions, numbness, and muscle weakness. It is transmitted through prolonged and close contact with an infected person but is not highly contagious. Leprosy has been stigmatized throughout history, leading to social exclusion and discrimination against those affected. However, with early diagnosis and treatment with multi-drug therapy, the disease can be cured, and the associated disabilities can be prevented. Anti- Leprosy Campaign carries out disease control activities to ensure detection of cases early.