Who we support

Leprosy can affect anyone. But the biggest impact is on people living in poverty or marginalised from society. These are the people we support.

Globally, women are most affected by the barriers that stop people accessing healthcare and achieving a good standard of living. So we design and implement programmes that promote equity and challenge gender-based disadvantage.

Discrimination based on things like age, race, religion, disability, sexuality and class intersects to marginalise people further. So our work is always informed by the local context – never one-size-fits-all.

The poorest and most marginalised people are worst affected by the effects of climate change. So protecting the environment and increasing people’s resilience to natural disasters is vital to help people affected by leprosy. We support sustainable farming, tree planting and renewable energy projects to transform lives for good. And we are working hard to reduce the environmental impact of our work at home and overseas.

Hawa's story

70-year old Hawa suffered from years of discrimination caused by the stigma surrounding leprosy. But now, she has received not just medical treatment, but counselling and vocational training too. Her life has been transformed.

She has grown in confidence and now runs a successful business outside her home in Niger, selling fruits, herbs and spice mixes. There was a time when she had to beg for her next meal but now, life is very different. “I can hardly believe I am earning a living and can feed and clothe myself," she told us.

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