World Leprosy Day takes place each year on the last Sunday in January and it’s coming up this Sunday. The day aims to raise awareness of a disease many believe to be extinct when in fact around 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. That’s not counting the estimated three million cases experts believe are undiagnosed.

It’s also a great opportunity to let people know that leprosy is curable through a course of multi-drug therapy. This means that contracting it no longer leads of a life of isolation from others. children in a leprosy colony

Early detection 
The fact that children are being diagnosed with leprosy shows that the disease is still being transmitted. Last year, in the state of Bihar in India, 17% of the new leprosy cases we detected were in children.

Many of those already had a disability and our aim is to reduce that. This means continuing to educate remote and rural communities in places like India, Bangladesh and Mozambique on what the signs of the disease look like and where they can go for help.

What we’re doing for World Leprosy Day
We want to raise as much awareness as possible! Our offices in the UK, India and Bangladesh are doing some amazing things to help share that the message that leprosy can be beaten.

UKstaff members showing support for World Leprosy Day
Our team are ‘Wearing it Loud for Lepra’ and showing off the brightest clothes they own from the depths of their wardrobes. Those who are a little camera shy are bringing in cakes instead for a mini-bake sale.

The Community Fundraising Team are going out into to community this weekend and talking to congregations from 6 different churches. 

Our team in India are raising awareness for World Leprosy Day with their sponsored Walk to #BeatLeprosy! They will be getting up bright and early at 7.30am and walking in unison with many others from People’s Plaza to Lumbini Park and back.

Our team in Bangladesh are having a colour rally in the capital city of Dhaka with banners, #WLD17 banners and a loud speaker to gather attention from the crowds.

Get involved

There are so many ways you can get involved for World Leprosy Day!

Click here to find out how you can help raise awareness there that leprosy still exists.