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Blog articles

Parbati sits with a visiting TLM staff member
Amidst all the myths around catching leprosy, we ask: what’s the truth?

Leprosy is a mildly infectious disease that is found mostly in poorer communities across the world. Around 200,000 people are diagnosed every year and there are many wrong beliefs about how you catch leprosy, so we asking: what is the truth?

Issa smiles at the camera
A message to you from a person affected by leprosy

Issa Harouna is a person affected by leprosy. He was diagnosed with leprosy at the young age of 10 years old, but he has a message about how we treat people affected by leprosy and how people affected by leprosy should see themselves.

Leprosy causes your limbs to fall off and other myths exposed

People affected by leprosy face social isolation due to misplaced fears that lead to persecution and rejection from families and communities.

Why do we still have leprosy today?

Leprosy is the oldest disease known to man. In most countries it no longer exists and hasn’t done for centuries, yet in many corners of the globe, it won’t go away. Why is this?

Rita sits with Nursing Superintendent Mahima Bantawa
5 Things you didn’t know about leprosy

Leprosy is not what you think it is.

Mother and daughter in Nepal smile at the camera
Why I think we can defeat the world’s oldest disease in the next 15 years

Leprosy is the oldest disease in the world. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people are still diagnosed with it ever year. We are now entering 2020 and I believe that, in the next 15 years, we will end transmission by 2035.

5 key human rights that have been stolen from people affected by leprosy

People often have many of their human rights deprived from them when they are diagnosed with leprosy. This is in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human rights and it needs to change.

Why the leprosy community cannot afford to ignore mental health

Leprosy is a socially stigmatised disease – it affects not just the physical, but the mental and social, as well. If we only treat leprosy physically, we are not treating it completely.

The team at TLM Niger
Niger fact file: one of the world’s poorest countries

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, but we're working hard to defeat leprosy and transform lives across the country.