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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.

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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

Our work on the UN's CRPD

An overview of how we engage with the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability

Brent Morgan and Amar Timalsina represent TLM at the UN in New York
Our work with the United Nations

A look at how we partner with the UN to achieve justice and equal rights for persons affected by leprosy.

Momataze speaks at a meeting. She is the Founder of Mukti (Organisation working for women’s rights and care, based in Kushtia).
Advocacy in Bangladesh

An overview of our advocacy work in Bangladesh