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Locals came to his aid when they found the 53-year-old beggar crying by the roadside.
Every person has a role to play in reducing the disease burden of leprosy and removing this age-old scourge from the planet. We need to enhance awareness about the early signs of the disease, make treatment available and encourage acceptance of the affected at home, school or at the workplace. These coordinated efforts would improve early case detection and help us reach the goal of zero child cases with visible deformity or grade 2 disability by 2020.