Hundreds run to raise funds for kids with leprosy in central India
Hundreds of people in India’s central Bhopal city on Sunday (September 24) took part in a marathon to raise funds for treatment of children suffering from leprosy, a disease causing disfiguring skin ulcers and nerve damage in limbs.
People from all walks of life and across age groups took part in the 3.5 kilometer run, titled ‘Bhopal- Run to Give’, which was organized by Rising Star Outreach foundation, a non-profit organization, helping the leprosy-affected families in the country.
India is home to 60 percent of the 200,000 new cases of leprosy registered worldwide each year, and one in six leprosy patients are at risk of developing Erythema Nodosum Leprosum, according to a study.
Although the Indian government offers financial support for leprosy, the schemes have a poor understanding of the problems.
Participants were seen performing warm-up exercises before the marathon was kicked off.
An organizer, Rakesh Upadhyaya, said the participants were running for the noble cause of supporting children affected by leprosy.
In the past leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, was regarded as incurable, and patients often became social outcasts, but it can now be treated with antibiotics.
Leprosy patients worldwide face discriminatory laws affecting their right to work, travel and marry, according to an advocacy group which called upon governments to follow U.N. guidelines and abolish such legislation.