World Leprosy Day is on Sunday 26th January 2020 and we will be marking the day with a variety of events to raise awareness of leprosy and the prejudice and discrimination that people often face.  We will be drawing attention to the need for continued investment to ensure every person affected by leprosy receives treatment as early as possible.

We will be holding two awareness raising events, the first at the House of Lords on the 28th January, and the second at Ripon Cathedral 26th January 2020.  Guests will include key representatives of faith groups, MP’s, Lords and those who share our desire and drive to beat leprosy and improve lives.
Across the globe, leprosy charities and partners will join together to raise awareness of this disease that many people believe to be extinct, when in fact around 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and we believe millions more people are living undiagnosed, leaving them at risk of disabilities.

What is the significance of the date?

How can you get involved this World Leprosy Day?

Listen to our podcast

This World Leprosy Day we have a new podcast: 'Leprosy is not what you think'. Featuring our CEO Geoff Prescott, candidly dispelling many preconceptions of leprosy and what it truly mans to be affected by the debilitating disease that can so easily be treated. 

Listen here

Get social

Help spread the word by joining us on social media on World Leprosy Day.

All you have to do is print off our #BeatLeprosy banner, take a selfie with it and then post it out on your chosen social media channels using our #BeatLeprosy and #WorldLeprosyDay2020 hashtags.

If you are camera shy, we will be creating graphics you can use on social media along with a tweet to say you are supporting World Leprosy Day. Don't forget to use #WorldLeprosyDay2020 to join in!

Inform your friends

Leprosy has been forgotten by society - leaving the people affected ignored and isolated. By raising awareness around the world, we can tackle the prejudice and discrimination which often stops people coming forward for treatment, and raise funds to help beat the disease.

Why not use World Leprosy Day to tell your friends and family about us, and the people we help - you can find out about the lives we have changed here.  By simply passing on your knowledge and telling someone about us and our work, you’ll be making a big difference.

Socks and Sandals

Leprosy can cause permanent nerve damage in the feet of people affected by the disease. Many are unable to feel pain and can injury their feet without realising. Our custom protective-footwear enables people affected by leprosy to walk without fear of gaining an injury.

The footwear costs £3 to produce. Host a Socks and Sandals day, wear your funkiest socks and sandals combination and donate £3 so that a person affected by leprosy can regain their confidence and independence free from the threat of injury. Click here to find out more information.

Early detection prevents disabilities

The fact that children are still being diagnosed with leprosy shows that the disease is still being transmitted. Last year, in one of the areas we work, Bihar in India, over 17% of new leprosy cases were children.

At the moment, too many children have disability at diagnosis. Our aim is that all children will be treated and cured before disability occurs.

Find out more about the diagnosis of leprosy.

You can find out more about leprosy here

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