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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

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.