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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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Reflecting on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Chief Executive Peter Waddup shares his hopes for a world full of possibility for people affected by leprosy.

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Sri Lanka Vellanai island, Sri Lanka

A link between monsoon winds, climate, plankton, and leprosy. This is why climate change is such an insidious threat to health. It impacts disproportionately on the most vulnerable, such as communities affected by leprosy.

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Press Release Women from a fishing village in Vellanai island, Sri Lanka

The climate crisis is the biggest threat to human health. At The Leprosy Mission we’re welcoming the very first Health Day at COP 28 on Sunday

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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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