Our Story

Our story for nearly 150 years has been one of people affected by leprosy, doctors, nurses, researchers, staff members, advocates, donors, and supporters; millions of people who are dedicated to defeating leprosy. 

 
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The Leprosy Mission is the oldest and largest leprosy-focused organisation in the world. We were founded in 1874 by an Irishman named Wellesley Bailey. 

Our story for nearly 150 years has been one of people affected by leprosy, doctors, nurses, researchers, staff members, advocates, donors, and supporters; millions of people who are dedicated to defeating leprosy. 

Our story is one that will not stop until leprosy has been defeated. That means we work towards zero transmission of leprosy, zero disability because of leprosy, and zero discrimination because of leprosy.

 

Our History

Our story begins back in 1874, with Wellesley and Alice Bailey, who set up The Leprosy Mission in 1874 after their visit to India. In the nearly 150 years since then, we have grown our work to cover 30 countries, reaching hundreds of thousands of people affected by leprosy every year. 

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Lives Transformed

Your support makes an amazing and lasting difference in people's lives! Read about the impact of our work, made possible through our generous supporters, like you.