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Redouble efforts to wipe out leprosy, Vatican urges

January 29, 2010

Leprosy remains a scourge, particularly in the southern hemisphere, and world leaders should join in efforts to eradicate the disease, the Pontifical Council for Health Care said in a statement published for the 57th World Day of Leprosy. The Vatican statement, signed by Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the president of the pontifical council, pointed to the 210,000 new cases of leprosy diagnosed in 2009, with India accounting for the greatest number of cases. The statement said that the search for a cure should continue “without overlooking educational and awareness-raising campaigns capable of helping those affected, and their families, to emerge from isolation and obtain the necessary treatment.”


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