Leprosy affects people’s lives in many different ways, so we care for their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs. In our projects we concentrate on healthcare, community-based rehabilitation, prevention of disability, advocacy, capacity building, education, stigma reduction and occasionally on disaster response and preparedness. Leprosy is not understood by most communities and as a result people are fearful of it, which means those affected by leprosy are often stigmatised.
We want to see a leprosy-free world. Our vision is for ‘leprosy defeated, lives transformed’. This is why our main focus is on leprosy, however, our work often includes other people with disabilities, other neglected tropical diseases, other marginalised people in society, and those living in extreme poverty.
Around the world we have about 2,000 staff and implement or support projects in more than 20 countries. The largest number of projects is in India, but there are also a significant number in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nigeria and Nepal. Increasingly the Mission seeks to work with partners as well as implementing projects directly. The gross annual income of the Mission is around £23 million, of which 65% comes through private donations and bequests, 15% comes from government and institutional funders, and 20% from fees and other sources.