How will you help us Beat leprosy? 


Nearly 211,000 people are newly diagnosed with leprosy and start treatment each year, and millions more go undiagnosed or are living with the long term effects.

Leprosy has been curable for over 60 years and treatment has been provided completely free since 2000.

In our 92nd year we are determined to make sure no child, woman or man will have their life needlessly ruined by this terrible disease.

By our 100th year, we aim to take crucial steps to Beat leprosy.

We want to do this by:

  • Fighting prejudice surrounding the disease so people won’t be afraid to come forward for treatment
  • Pushing for earlier detection and diagnosis so no-one need be disabled by leprosy again
  • Helping millions more who are already disabled by the disease to rebuild their lives 

We're asking you to pledge your support or give a generous gift so together our voice will be so much louder. Join hundreds of others who have already pledged their support in the fight against the effects of leprosy.

How can these three steps help?

Rachna
Fighting prejudice


Rachna was shunned by her husband and his family when she was diagnosed with leprosy. Now she has a dream of a leprosy-free India.

Read Rachna's story


Early detection


Haydar has been permanently disabled by leprosy, but now he visits communities encouraging people to come forward for testing.

Read Haydar's story


Dealing with disability


Laxmipriya's hands began to curl and claw because of leprosy. She has now had surgery on her hand so she can write again.

Watch Laxmipriya's story

How have we got on so far?

Since begining our Beat Leprosy campaign in 2014 we have:

Fighting prejudice

  • Over 2,000 people have been able to access government grants for the first time
  • We have supported activities, led by The Leprosy Mission India and the Law Commission, to see India repeal the 1898 Indian Lepers Act and 29 other acts that discriminate against people affected by leprosy. This particular act sanctioned the arrest and segregation of persons affected by leprosy into “leper asylums” but, as of earlier this year, the act no longer stands. This is a massive step towards breaking down the prejudice that those with leprosy face.
  • We have been working to make more aware that the use of the word ‘leper’ is offensive and should not be used
  • Just last year alone we reached 222,502 children with informative messages on neglected diseases educating them and dispelling prejudicial attitudes
  • Rachna Kumari, one of our India staff members, now sits on the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations’ advisory panel giving a voice to those affected by the disease on the global stage.

Early detection

  • From 2014-2016, we were able to reach over 3.8 million people with our health education messages. That means we’ve made more people aware of what the symptoms of leprosy are and informed them of where to go for help increasing the chances of detecting leprosy at an earlier stage more likely.
  • We trained over 40,000 health workers, doctors, nurses, teachers and government health workers to spot the signs of leprosy

Dealing with disability

  • We have distributed 70,800 pairs of customised shoes since 2014 preventing further disability
  • Over 1,000 lives have been changed through reconstructive surgery allowing those with disabilities to have restored functionality
  • Over 31,000 people have been trained in self-care techniques which reduces the likelihood of further infection
  • We’ve been able to reach over 536,371 children, women and men directly through diagnosis, treatment and care

Help us continue this vital work to beat leprosy for good.