Treating the disease
Multi-drug therapy (MDT), the WHO recommended treatment for leprosy, emerged in the early 1980s and is highly effective and freely available. This combination of antibiotics includes rifampicin, dapsone and clofazamine and is currently made available free of charge by Novartis through the World Health Organization. Within two days of a patient starting MDT treatment there is no risk of the disease spreading to anyone else. These drugs need to be taken every day for either six or twelve months.