Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has added his signature to Early Day Motion (EDM) 929 (World Leprosy Day) that acknowledges 26th January as World Leprosy Day.
Mike has signed EDM 929, which draws attention to the advancements that have been made in leprosy treatment. The parliamentary motion points out that despite medical advances, there is still discrimination against those who have suffered from the disease, and that Lepra, the first leprosy-prevention organisation, has given leprosy-affected individuals a voice to demand their rights. Mike has commended Lepra for bringing attention to various neglected tropical diseases including leprosy and others, and for working to tackle those thwart these diseases from those in extreme poverty. The Government has marked World Leprosy Day by committing the UK to seek maximum multi- and bilateral aid effectiveness in the efforts to combat leprosy and reduce poverty.
Commenting, Mike said: What Lepra has done for the awareness of leprosy for over 90 years is an extraordinary achievement. We must continue in supporting leprosy research because it is curable through treatment and, furthermore, helps those in extreme poverty to achieve economic stability.