Medical world has declared leprosy eradicated. That means that the prevalence of leprosy is less than 1 in 10,000 population. The specialist centres were closed down. Leprosy now is being addressed in the health centres. In a population like ours, which is more than 120 crores, 1 in 10,000 is in itself a huge number. New cases are being diagnosed and treated. Old cases need follow up. Rehabilitation and occupational therapy are still part of the after care system of treating leprosy. The struggle is on going and there is still lots to be done.
Funding for leprosy is on the decline, because someone somewhere is using the word, "eradicated". This is the major handicap in organizing projects for leprosy patients and in treating and rehabilitating them because it is falsely understood that leprosy has been eradicated.