We provide free testing and diagnosis to communities at risk of neglected diseases and tuberculosis (TB).

Improving access to diagnostic services ensures that people diagnosed positive for neglected diseases are treated quickly and effectively.

Leprosy is completely curable and if diagnosed early a person can be treated sooner and completely cured of the disease, preventing the development of permanent disability.

Early diagnosis of TB increases the chances of survival and stops an infected person from spreading the disease to others.

Without early diagnosis and treatment a person infected with TB will pass on the disease to a further 10 to 15 people over the course of a year. Without correct treatment they are also more at risk of developing drug resistant TB, which is far more difficult to treat.

What we’re doing

Last year we tested almost 700,000 people in India and Bangladesh for different neglected diseases, and helped those diagnosed positive into treatment as quickly as possible.

We improve access to testing in a number of ways:

Correct diagnosis
Working with government testing centres to ensure that their staff diagnose and treat diseases correctly
Testing free of charge
We provide testing free of charge at our referral centres to fill the gaps in provision from the government health system
Family testing
We visit the homes of people diagnosed with leprosy or TB to test family members and other close contacts
Testing outreach
Lepra mobile vans and testing camps with testing facilities travel to remote villages to bring these services closer to home for isolated communities

Our community health education programmes are often conducted alongside diagnostic services so that people are able to recognise the common signs and symptoms of diseases and are encouraged to come forward for testing.