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
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
Our work with the United Nations
We work with the CRPD, Special Rapporteurs, and the Human Rights Council.
Our work on the UN CRPD
Mainstreaming leprosy rights within the wider disability rights movements is a key part of our advocacy work.
Our Human Rights Work
Human Rights are repeatedly stolen from persons affected by leprosy. We tackle that wherever we can.