Stigma towards leprosy-affected and disabled people is still widespread. It stems from prejudiced laws and practices, superstitions, religious beliefs and poor attitudes towards physical disfigurement. People with leprosy can find themselves marginalised, rejected and isolated.
The Leprosy Mission has projects which advocate for the rights of leprosy-affected people and aims to reduce the physical and social barriers that they face. We also promote self-advocacy – helping leprosy-affected people to know their rights, improve their self-confidence and be empowered to lobby for change in discriminating laws and practices at the local and national levels of government.