Our Global Strategy

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As Lepra turns 100 years old, it is a time for us to celebrate and look back on a rich tapestry of history and reflect on all of our many achievements throughout the years.  

From our inception in 1924, through our early decades as the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association (BELRA), to our work supporting trials for the first drug to successfully cure leprosy, to our renaming as Lepra, and across the years to now: here in 2024. 

A centenary is no small thing. For me, as the Lepra UK CEO, I am proud and privileged to stand on the shoulders of all those who have gone before and who built the organisation that I am part of today. Whilst I am but a blip on the Lepra clock of time, it is my honour to be leading the organisation at this momentous time in our history. 

One thing that I am immensely proud of about Lepra is our focus on the needs of the individual. It is one of our strongest values. Leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) are not just about numbers, cases and statistics, of course: they are mainly about people.  

Every person affected by leprosy or LF has unique needs for care and support. Every person has unique pathways to full inclusion in society. 

And as we rightly celebrate this moment in time, we are also acutely aware of how much more needs to be done for people affected by leprosy and LF. Leprosy still exists. LF still exists. Whilst the world has set targets to eliminate them both in the coming years, we know that global elimination is something that is beyond our direct control.  

2024 is also a time for us to take stock of where we are going as well as where we have come from. We are looking ahead to what more we can do as an organisation to accelerate progress and support people who are affected by leprosy and LF.  

So in the year we celebrate a centenary, we are also launching a strategy; one that charts our priorities and directions for the next six years. Our strategy is ambitious: We have more to offer.  

We know that we still have our work cut out for us. It is time for increased action, for us to do all we can to build on the achievements of the past and strive further to realise our vision of a world free from disability and prejudice due to leprosy and LF. 

And as we celebrate our 100-year anniversary, we know that we would be doing something wrong if Lepra was still around for anything like 100 more. We look ahead with clarity of purpose, working towards a world where we are needed no more. 

More information on our new global strategy will be announced in spring 2024.