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Why leprosy?

Every two minutes, someone is diagnosed with leprosy. That's more than 200,000 new cases a year. Although it is curable, millions of people worldwide are living with the effects of the disease, from physical disability to mental health problems, poverty and discrimination.

Our Mission

We are a global Christian organisation leading the fight against leprosy. Following Jesus Christ, we seek to bring about transformation; breaking the chains of leprosy and empowering people to attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness.

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How we do it

Everything we do is focused on our goals of zero leprosy transmission, zero leprosy disability and zero leprosy discrimination. We work in four key areas to achieve this.

In 2022...

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Over 40,000 people in the community were screened by health workers and female community health volunteers in Nepal

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1 million people heard radio messages raising awareness about leprosy in Niger

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The team diagnosed 970 people with leprosy amid conflict in Mozambique

Latest stories

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Leprosy is one of the leading causes of avoidable disability globally. As the UK Government publishes its first White Paper on international development in 14 years, Peter Waddup, Chief Executive, reflects on our collective responsibility.

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The Leprosy Mission is delighted to be named the chosen partner for the Asian Achievers Awards in 2024. Celebrating Asian excellence across politics, business and civil society, the charity says the British Asian community holds the power and influence to help end leprosy for good.

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The mental impacts of leprosy are often the hardest symptom to bear. On World Mental Health Day, Peter Waddup, Chief Executive, reflects on Jesus' heart for people affected by leprosy and healing.

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How your money is spent

Find out how your money makes a difference to some of the world's most marginalised people.

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Our history

We've been supporting people affected by leprosy in Africa and Asia for almost 150 years.

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