Leprosy is completely curable when treated early, yet thousands of people each year are diagnosed after they have developed life-changing disabilities and millions more are living with undiagnosed leprosy.

Unfortunately, each year over 18,000 children are diagnosed with leprosy and many already have disabilities, evidence suggests thousands more are unaware that they have the disease. 

Barriers to treatment include:

  • Lack of knowledge, including low awareness of the symptoms and the free treatment available
  • Lack of access to quality healthcare  - in rural communities government hospitals may be many miles away, and people may struggle to travel long distances due to financial difficulties or work or family commitments. Instead local healthcare maybe administered by someone who as not received medical training. 
  • Fear that their diagnosis may be discovered - the terrible prejudice surrounding leprosy can lead to abuse, violence, isolation and even exile. Many people hide away avoiding a diagnosis for fear of the consequences 

Dr Sonia, a physician at our Delhi referral centre, explains more about why people dealy seeking treatmtent and how this can affect the rest of a person's life:

Find out more about how we are raising awareness and improving healthcare to remove these barriers.

Help us do more

Your support can help us do even more so that these barriers are broken sooner

Donate now