In April, Jimmy Innes invited the inspirational Dr David Pahan, Country Director of Lepra Bangladesh, to take part in a fascinating and in-depth podcast, detailing Lepra’s approach to the democratisation of healthcare in Bangladesh.
For ‘International Day of Women in Science’ on 11 February, we shine a light on Lepra’s history and our female scientists; those dedicated pioneers who worked tirelessly with people affected by leprosy whilst carrying out critical research into a cure.
On 6th February, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks an unprecedented milestone for a British monarch as she marks her platinum jubilee; seventy years since her accession to the throne. As the patron of Lepra since 1952, we would like to draw attention to the generosity and thoughtfulness that the Queen has always demonstrated by sharing a story from our archives.
As we approach World Leprosy Day on 30th January, we look back to the 1980s and early 2000s to see that, despite improvements in their care, prejudicial laws continue to hinder the opportunities of people affected by leprosy across the world. This causes a significant impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
Tropical cyclone Jawad caused major disruption across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal in early December 2021. Whilst bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds over these areas, the cyclone caused significant devastation to the people supported by Lepra and the programmes it delivers.
Our ambassador, Victoria Hislop, took part in Dancing with the Stars (Greece) recently. Here Victoria writes about her dancing experience and has kindly donated her fee to help our work improve the emotional wellbeing of people affected by leprosy.
Over 100 laws still exist across the globe that discriminate against people affected by leprosy. Created decades or even centuries ago; these laws continue to marginalise people affected by a disease that has been curable for over sixty years now.