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A portrait photo of Paulino, a village leader in Mozambique
5 types of discriminatory laws that punish you for having leprosy

Across the world there are more than 100 laws that discriminate against people who have experienced leprosy. They are totally unacceptable. Here’s a look at some of the key ways these laws can punish you simply for a curable medical diagnosis.

Tara, on the left, stands at the front of a celebration event in Nepal
Walk a mile in my shoes and see what leprosy means

I'm Taranath from Nepal and I invite you to see what leprosy has really meant for my life. See how stigma and fear has affected me in almost every area of my life and how I have overcome all of it.

Joydeepa Darlong, our research lead in India
3 Ways scientists are creating a world without leprosy

We could be the generation that ends leprosy for good. Here are three fantastic tools that scientists are working on right now that will push us towards zero leprosy transmission by 2035.

A smiling gentleman at the Dakwa Settlement near Abuja, Nigeria
3 reasons to believe we will end leprosy in the next 14 years

After thousands of years of the disease ruining lives, we are now on the edge of defeating leprosy. Here are three reasons we believe we can, with the right resources, end the transmission of leprosy by 2035.

A woman in an orange sari looks at the camera
Has Covid-19 changed our target of zero leprosy transmission by 2035?

Are we still on course to achieve our goal of zero transmission by 2035? In short, yes.

What do you think about a world without leprosy?

Here are the perspectives of people at the heart of the fight: people affected by leprosy, people who have spent their entire working lives aiming for a world without leprosy, and people who have been supporting the fight for decades.

Filomena, with Village Volunteer Tasiana ,and District Supervisor, Martin in Mozambique
We aim to end leprosy transmission by 2035, but we won’t stop there

Our work will not be finished in 2035. There will still be millions of people living with the consequences of leprosy and we must continue to care for them.

Two young children sit with their father in India
The silent suffering of a billion people: killing off leprosy’s best friend

We want to raise the voice of people affected by leprosy and other NTDs. Their plight could be avoided through the eradication of poverty.

A woman in a colourful headscarf smiles at the camera
A new tool that will help us defeat leprosy by 2035

We believe we can end the transmission of the disease by 2035 and one of the crucial new tools to help us achieve this is PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis).

How can governments help to stop the transmission of leprosy?

The action doesn’t need to be as drastic as with Covid-19, but the right action could end the disease in our lifetime.

Lau, a person affected by leprosy, stands on his crutches looking at the camera
Why do people hide their leprosy symptoms and what does this mean for them?

All across the world there are people that recognise a patch of their skin that has changed colour and lost feeling. They know it might be leprosy, but they avoid seeking medical support. That decision could prove to have terrible consequences, including avoidable life-long disabilities.

Doctors in PPE hold up 'Stay at home' signs
Covid-19: how do we grow from this experience?

Our team in Myanmar have been innovating through the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure they continue to support people affected by leprosy.