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Blog articles

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.

Why we have to be more careful with language during Covid-19

Throughout history, the odious term ‘leper’ has been used as an insult to those affected by leprosy

Karima’s story of lockdown for a person affected by leprosy

Karima has been learning to live amidst the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. For her and her family it has become a question of survival.

"I am worried that we may all die of hunger" - Covid-19 in Nigeria

The most vulnerable in our world are being hit the hardest by Covid-19. If you doubt that, read this interview.

Contact tracing is crucial to stopping Covid-19 and leprosy

In recent months, we have heard plenty about how contact tracing is a key weapon in the fight to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. The same is true for leprosy,.

How you can play your part in ending leprosy

Leprosy is the oldest disease known to man, but we believe that we can be the generation that ends it for good. We believe that there will be no more cases of leprosy after 2035. But we need your support. Here’s how you can help.

Karima shows her sewing work.
Why is there so much stigma around leprosy?

Leprosy is a mildly infectious disease that around 200,000 people are diagnosed with each year. When you look at the facts surrounding leprosy, it should not be regarded differently from any other mildly infectious disease – and yet it is regarded differently. Why is that?