I am happy that the Website for the Association of People Affected by Leprosy ( A P A L ) has been launched. APAL has an important history in the short period about the lives of the leprosy affected persons. It is conducting various programmes to improve the quality of the life of the leprosy affected persons to live a dignified life without stigma and discrimination.
Over the centuries leprosy affected persons have been stigmatized, Misconceptions, deformities, non-availability of effective medicines were some of the reasons. Society & family members segregated them from the main stream.
Leprosy affected persons have left no option but to take shelter either in Asylums or in leprosy self-settled colonies. Law also discriminates affected persons. Indian Acts are having derogatory provisions against affected persons. As a result many of them are living in miserable conditions.
This initiative helped to have a networking with the leprosy colonies. To improve the conditions of leprosy affected persons the National Forum India was registered as a public trust in the year 2011.