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Blog articles

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.

A lady stands in PPE in front of a surgical theatre
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.

A red squirrel in the wild
Five things you didn’t know about leprosy transmission

Here are some of the more unusual things about the transmission of the disease.

A doctor takes notes during a consultation with a patient in Bangladesh
How is leprosy transmitted?

Understanding the transmission of leprosy will help us to combat transmission of the disease, as well as other problems associated with leprosy.

A man in Nepal looks to camera and holds his leprosy-affected hands together in front of him
Covid-19 has to be a turning point for our world – we can’t go on like this

We live in a world of devastating inequality. Covid-19 has made that painfully clear. It has to stop.

A researcher at our Stanley Browne Laboratory in India
5 ways Covid-19 has slowed vital leprosy research

In some places Covid-19 has slowed down the work, in other places it has completely stopped the work.