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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. However, this is an outdated definition of elimination, meaning fewer than 1 case in 10,000 population.

Leprosy persists today and is now 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 will not defeat leprosy by working on our own. Partnerships are 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, as well as with Organisations of Persons Affected by Leprosy.

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    Mathias Duck

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


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    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.



    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.

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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.