Donation FAQs

How much does it cost to cure leprosy?

£0 – The treatment itself costs nothing because the drugs are donated by the pharmaceutical company Novartis, free of charge

*£6 – The minimum cost of getting the medicines to the patient

*£24 – Cost of transporting medicines plus the necessary care provided at a clinic or outpatients’ department

*£140 – Covers the cost of transporting medicines, care at a clinic or outpatients’ department plus reconstructive surgery to enable greater movement in a leprosy patient’s limbs.

*£350 – Covers all of the above in addition to hospital stays, physiotherapy and counselling.

*The above costs are based on averages for The Leprosy Mission’s global family. It is impossible to provide precise costings as The Leprosy Mission works in 26 countries, each with unique geographic and economic circumstances. For instance, the cost of transporting drugs to a patient in rural Niger differs greatly to supplying treatment to a large urban hospital in India. The figures, therefore, should be treated as an estimate.

Can I sponsor a child or adult directly through The Leprosy Mission?

Unfortunately we are not able to allocate donations to a specific person, as we simply do not have the systems in place to allow this kind of individual approach. If you would like to support a specific project that we are funding, we would be able to ensure that your money would be used only on that project. However, we could not then report back on any individual beneficiary, due to issues of protection and the fact that stigma means many people we help do not wish to be identified. If you would like to make sure your money is used for a specific project or need, you can give a Gift for Life.

Where is my donation most needed?

There are currently around four million leprosy-affected people throughout the world, most of whom live in abject poverty. Eight per cent of all new leprosy cases found by The Leprosy Mission last year were children.  
The greatest need for your donation, therefore, constantly changes depending on circumstances and the economic situation in each of the countries where we work. Some people need nothing more than a course of antibiotics to get them fit and healthy again. Others need surgery for damaged limbs or cataracts, and many more need counselling, physiotherapy and ulcer care. We also support housing projects, water and sanitation projects, child education schemes, microfinance, vocational training and so much more.

Leprosy is a complex disease and each patient needs a different, individualised approach. People living in the slums of Delhi will have different needs than those living in rural Ethiopia. You can be assured that wherever your donation is spent, it will free a person from leprosy and change their life forever.

Why do we give money to India?

While the Indian economy has been growing over recent years, sadly the gap between rich and poor is also growing. India is home to some of the world’s poorest people, with many millions living on less than $1 per day.
We operate through a global fellowship, and The Leprosy Mission India is responsible for implementing and overseeing our projects and hospitals in India.  Increasingly, their work is expanding to include lobbying the Indian government and fundraising within India. We are happy to say that they are enjoying considerable success, and we are supporting them however we can. Our goal is to be able to decrease the amount of funding we give to India each year, with The Leprosy Mission India making up the shortfall through money they have raised in-country.

How do I make a Gift Aid declaration?

You can either select the 'Gift Aid' option when making an online donation, or alternatively, print off a paper form, complete it and send it back to us at The Leprosy Mission, Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5GZ.

How does The Leprosy Mission use its income?

You can find out more by visiting Where Your Money Goes or by reading our latest Annual Review.