Radio awareness programme about World Leprosy Day - 2022

World Leprosy Day (WLD) is celebrated on the last Sunday of January. In 2022, World Leprosy Day is 30 January. This international day is an opportunity to celebrate people who have experienced leprosy, raise awareness of the disease, and call for an end to leprosy-related stigma and discrimination.

The “United for Dignity” campaign calls for unity in honouring the dignity of people who have experienced leprosy. The campaign honours the lived experiences of individuals who have experienced leprosy by sharing their empowering stories and advocating for mental wellbeing and the right to a dignified life free from disease-related stigma.

In India, World Leprosy Day is celebrated on 30 January, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death. The day is chosen in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, who took a keen interest in the eradication of leprosy and the plight of people affected by it. The day was observed by the faculty of the department of community health nursing and students of second year PBBSc Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, MAHE, Manipal on January 30, 2022, by conducting a Radio awareness programme for the public. The programme was broadcasted by Community radio, Manipal at FM 90.4 on January 30, 2022, at 4.00 pm onwards and re-telecasted on January 31, 2022, at 12N.

The programme was guided and supported by Mr Vinish V, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Nursing, MCON, MAHE, Manipal.