Your generosity during Ramadan could help put an end to the poverty and suffering of people living with leprosy in Bangladesh. 

Leprosy still exists

Leprosy affects hundreds of thousands of people across the world each year - people like Ashraf Ali from Bangladesh. His disabilities caused by this disease left him unable to work and provide for his family. 

Leprosy is completely curable, but sadly, many do not seek the treatment, as they are unable to recognise the symptoms or fear diagnosis due to the stigma associated with this disease.

Serious consequences

If left untreated, leprosy destroys lives. It causes disabilities, often making working incredibly difficult and leading many on a downward spiral of poverty – forcing them to live without food or shelter.

Over 4 million people have been disabled by leprosy. Your charitable giving during the month of Ramadan can help us give them the support needed to escape poverty and isolation.

Ashraf Ali’s story

Disability and painful ulcers caused by leprosy left Ashraf Ali struggling to afford food for his family. They were forced into deeper poverty and he was shunned by his family due to the stigma of this disease.

Determined to turn his life around, he joined a Lepra self-care group and learnt how to treat his ulcers so that he could go back to work.

With our help, Ashraf Ali has now set up a successful vegetable growing business and has the money to provide for his family.

He says, “I am so happy now with my family and the group. I have confidence to learn new skills and I’m encouraging other people to do the same.

Self-care changes lives

In addition to finding and treating people with leprosy, we teach self-care techniques to help those living with leprosy-related disabilities.

People learn how to care for their affected body parts, treat their ulcers and prevent further infections.

We provide self-care kits which consist of soap, bandages, towels, a wash bowl and anti-septic lotion so that they can care for their disabilities at home.

This increased level of care helps to reduce disability, allowing people to earn a livelihood and escape poverty. 

Pictured above is a Lepra self-care kit. 

With your support this Ramadan, we can help people with leprosy-related disabilities to support themselves and their families.

Just £3 provides a person disabled by leprosy with a self-care kit to care for their disabilities and regain their mobility, independence and hope.

Donate today