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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 2020...

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Purulia Hospital in India treated 58,554 patients thanks to its new outpatients' department

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787 children and young people affected by leprosy and other disabilities benefited from mental health support groups in Nigeria

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977 people affected by leprosy in Myanmar earned a more sustainable income thanks to coaching, skills training and loans

Latest stories

Bangladesh’s most vulnerable plunged further into poverty by frequent climate disasters

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The Leprosy Mission will support vulnerable people rebuild their lives after flash flooding has devastated the Sylhet district of Bangladesh.

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Stepping back into London’s past offers hope to the world today

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Did you know that top royal residence St James’s Palace is built on the site of and named after a leprosy hospital? Or that St Giles' Church in the shadow of the iconic Centre Point tower was literally ‘in the fields’? The affectionately-named poets' church began life as a leprosy hospital, its then rural location chosen to protect city life.

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Call to UK Parliament ‘to end the ever-deepening neglect’

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Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) needlessly affect one in five people globally today. They cause devastation to people living in the poorest and most marginalised communities on earth. To tackle this extreme injustice, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases and the UK Coalition Against Neglected Tropical Diseases are hosting an event for parliamentarians, calling for an end to these diseases that need not exist in the 21st century.

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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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Leprosy Sunday Resources

Get your free resources to plan a Leprosy Sunday event that will help pioneer new treatments for leprosy.

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