Representing Sikhs at The House of Lordsby Mann Matharu on February 1, 2018
A few weeks, I, Mann Matharu received an invitation from the UK charity, Lepra to attend an awareness raising event at The House of Lords, to which I was honoured to attend.
Representing the Sikh community in the UK, the event held at the House of Lords and hosted by Lord Gadhia on 30th January 2018, Lepra urged the UK government to open the new Accelerating Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND) funding call to cover leprosy, and in particular, leprosy in India, which carries 63% of the leprosy burden.
According to World Health Organisation, more than 200,000 new cases of leprosy are detected and diagnosed each year. Survey and research data also shows that more than 7 million people are currently affected by leprosy worldwide. Of these, 4 million have developed life-changing disabilities as a result of delayed treatment while over 3 million cases remain undiagnosed. Moreover, reported cases in India, are at a 10 year high. The cure for leprosy is Multi Drug Therapy which is administered free of cost to leprosy patients in all endemic countries.
Being the founder of Sikhs Online, I offered the whole team at Lepra to freely use the platform to promote the charity and their fight to beat Leprosy.