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Advocacy

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By 2015, the target of eliminating leprosy as a public health problem had been achieved in almost all countries.  Once this target was achieved, governments reduced their resource allocation for leprosy control programmes.

Leprosy is chronically underfunded and neglected by governments all over the world.

More than 200,000 new cases reported every year and an unknown number of unreported cases. In order to reach zero leprosy, the government in each country needs to own their own zero leprosy roadmap.

We know that we won't defeat leprosy by working on our own. Partnerships is vital to our aim of a world without leprosy and a world without leprosy-related discrimination. This is why we work with international, national, and local governments.

Read about the change we'd like to see
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Mathias Duck

Mathias is TLM's Global Advocacy Manger and is a person affected by leprosy.


We believe in the power of self-advocates

We have trained thousands of people to advocate on their own behalf because their voices are more powerful than ours can ever be.

Read more about self-advocacy

Our advocacy work is informed by our key messages

These key messages are focused on how advocacy and partnership can lead us to a world with zero leprosy transmission and towards zero leprosy disability and zero leprosy discrimination.

Read our messages document
The Leprosy Mission's Key Advocacy Messages

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Our work with the United Nations

We work with the CRPD, Special Rapporteurs, and the Human Rights Council.

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Our work on the UN CRPD

Mainstreaming leprosy rights within the wider disability rights movements is a key part of our advocacy work.

CRPD / United Nations / Disability Rights
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Our Human Rights Work

Human Rights are repeatedly stolen from persons affected by leprosy. We tackle that wherever we can.


Advocacy articles listed

A victory for leprosy voices at the UN's Disability Conference - June 2021

At the UN's major disability rights conference in June 2021, we heard from several persons affected by leprosy who spoke powerfully about their experiences.

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Advocacy News: The voices of women affected by leprosy have been heard in new and exciting ways

In December 2020, the UN hosted its major disability rights conference (COSP13). At this conference, The Leprosy Mission and Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) hosted a side event that considered the challenges women affected by leprosy face in accessing their rights.

How working with the UN has changed the lives of people affected by leprosy

When we represented the leprosy community before the UN for the first time in November 2017, little did we know the incredible impact it would go on to have in the lives of people affected by leprosy.

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Advocacy Opinion: The UN must be at the centre of development work that includes everyone

Globally there are more than a billion people with disabilities and even then, there are those ‘missing millions’ who are not counted as they are not aware of their status as persons with disabilities.

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Advocacy opinion: The case for governments to address the mental health of people affected by leprosy

Sadly, the mental health of persons affected by leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is yet to become a priority for governments in NTD endemic countries. This is something we ought to change right away.

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Challenging discriminatory laws

We are running a global petition to demand an end to all discriminatory laws

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The change we are seeking through advocacy

We are seeking specific changes from governments across the world

Advocacy & Communication in India

Our advocacy and communication team in India is leading the way in leprosy advocacy work worldwide.

Brent Morgan and Amar Timalsina represent TLM at the UN in New York
Statement of Mr. Brent Morgan, made before the CRPD Conference on 13 June 2018

Brent Morgan, TLM International Director, spoke at the UN's 11th CRPD Conference in 2018. This is the statement he delivered.

Statement of U Soe Win at the UN's 13th Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

U Soe Win spoke at a roundtable even at the UN's CRPD Conference in 2020. This is what he said.

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Self-advocacy work at TLM

A look at our work to train leprosy-affected advocates who can speak on their own behalf

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Our Human Rights Work

An overview of our human rights work