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Blog articles

3 ways that putting persons affected by leprosy at the centre of the conversation will defeat leprosy stigma

We need to put persons affected by leprosy at the centre of all of these conversations. It is not a magic answer, a silver bullet that will solve all our problems, but it is the only way we’ll make real progress.

Storytelling, the key to defeating leprosy stigma?

The TLM Myanmar team found that the best way to raise awareness, defeat stigma, and increase the number of leprosy cases they found was to hear the stories of persons affected by leprosy.

Members of the community stand together with baskets containing crabs
How crab farming has transformed a whole community in Papua New Guinea

This innovative crab-farming project has been turning heads within the leprosy sector because it has transformed a whole community.

A girl in Sri Lanka wearing a face mask
5 reasons we were thankful in 2021

Covid-19 continued to hit communities hard throughout 2021, but we still have reasons to be thankful.

Phulti was sent to live in a cave by her family, but now she receives care at TLM's Anandaban Hospital. Here she poses for a photo with Ruth, from the TLM staff.
Lessons from the frontline of mental health and leprosy

Ruth and Bishnu from TLM Nepal share some of the lessons they’ve learnt from the frontline of mental health care for persons affected by leprosy.

A grandmother in a village in Bangladesh holds her grandson while her husband talks to him
Nobel Prize 2021: the link between touch, mental health, and physical wellbeing

As the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded for discoveries related to touch and feeling, Jannine Ebenso of The Leprosy Mission considers why this is a poignant moment for people who have experienced leprosy across the world.

Calling on Philanthropic Foundations for World Leprosy Day 2022

We are supporting the Sasakawa Health Foundation's Global Appeal 2022, which is asking for the support of philanthropic foundations across the world.

A man affected by leprosy in Niger sits on a mat, wearing sunglasses. He lost his site due to leprosy.
How does leprosy damage eyes?

Sadly, leprosy remains the world’s leading cause of preventable disabilities. Among these disabilities is damage to the eyes. Here’s your guide to leprosy and the eyes.

A nurse dressed in white blouse and red skirt lowers her face mask to pose for a picture at our partner hospital in Myanmar
Myanmar: at the centre of the world’s biggest Covid crisis

After months of violent military rule, Myanmar is currently experiencing a devastating wave of Covid-19 and there is no healthcare system in place to help.

A man on a hospital bed in Myanmar looks to his left, at the photographer. He is proudly wearing a Liverpool FC top.
The problem with comparing Covid-19 and leprosy

There have been headlines across the world since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic which have seen people compare Covid-19 with leprosy. Any comparisons between these diseases are inaccurate at best and harmful at worst.

A picture of Amar Timalsina standing outside a building in Nepal
I stood in the twilight of the evening, tears coursing down my face

This is the story of Amar's divorce, which happened when his wife learnt that he had once been diagnosed with leprosy.