World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is annually observed around the world on the last Sunday of January. The day was initiated in 1954 by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau, as a way to raise global awareness of this deadly ancient disease and call attention to the fact that it can be prevented, treated and cured. It’s a disease that has horrified society since Biblical times, with civilizations both ancient and current casting out those who became incurably infected. And it remains with us thousands of years later, even having its own day on the calendar: Jan. 29 is World Leprosy Day.