29 January 2012 is a special day. In over 100 countries, World Leprosy Day is celebrated every year on the last Sunday in January.
This time, based on the theme of transformation, we are focusing on Mozambique which is one of the least developed countries in the world. Widespread poverty and lack of basic healthcare mean that disease and disability are commonplace. Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado (population around 1.7 million) has one of the highest numbers of reported cases of leprosy in Africa.
For countless families the only means of earning a livelihood is subsistence farming, and children frequently work in the fields with their parents or supplement the family income by begging.
The effects of leprosy are devastating and far-reaching. For many, those three words, ‘You have leprosy’, are the tipping point. Nowhere is this more true than in Mozambique, where a diagnosis of leprosy can be the final load that makes life seem just too difficult to bear.
Visit www.worldleprosyday.org.uk to find out more and download our resources. There is a pack available which includes a leaflet about World Leprosy Day and Mozambique, an editorial, prayer and blessings calendar, prayer card and A4 poster. You can also download a wealth of materials (including how leprosy affects people and their families) for young people and there is a DVD and PowerPoint presentation available too.
If you’re unable to download these materials, please contact our office for your copy.