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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.

A man in India receives an emergency package during the pandemic
How has the global pandemic made life harder for people affected by leprosy?

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult experience for billions of people, but for people affected by leprosy, it has been a time of incredible difficulty. Our partners at GPZL have been looking into exactly what this means.

How has new technology allowed us to continue our work throughout lockdown?

Our teams have been working hard to adapt the latest technology so that we can still offer all the support we can throughout lockdown.

Now would be the worst time to forget about people affected by leprosy

Despite the difficulties many of us are facing due to Covid-19, now would be the worst time to forget about people affected by leprosy.

Racism is systemic, even at the global level and leprosy is proof

It is no coincidence that hardly any white people are diagnosed with leprosy.