Leprosy is a disease that carries a terrible stigma.

It forces many into the margins of society, where they are often ignored, or cast out by their community. This leads many to a lifetime of extreme poverty, isolation and disability.

On 4th April, we began a petition to The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP to address Commonwealth Leaders to end this stigma.

627 people signed to increase community based self-help services alongside the distribution of medical treatments to reduce feelings of isolation for those affected by leprosy.

We’re so pleased to share that our collective voice has been heard and this neglected issue is going to be covered in the Global Disability Summit in London on 24th July. The summit will bring together global leaders and technology companies to tackle the barriers that prevent people living with disabilities face.

Pictured below is a letter from The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State in response to our petition. 

 

Together, we are making steps to beat leprosy and we cannot thank you enough for your support.

Find out more about self-help services and how they enable people affected by leprosy to build strength from one another. 

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