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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
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.

Our Human Rights Work

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

Advocacy articles listed

A child is examined in one of The Leprosy Mission's Hospitals
Leprosy and the Sustainable Development Goals

Leprosy is a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD), which places it under SDG 3.3. NTDs affect 1.7bn people across the world.

Members of OPALCO - DR Congo's Leprosy Peoples' Organisation - laughing together in a meeting
Leprosy and the disability movement

Persons affected by leprosy and their representative organisations are looking for a space within the disability sector through which they can have their voices heard and their rights accessed.

Leprosy at COSP16

The Leprosy Mission will be at the United Nations' CRPD Conference in 2023, representing millions of persons affected by leprosy across the world.

TLM's Side Event at the UN's CRPD Conference 2022 (COSP15)

On Friday 17 June 2022, TLM hosted a side event at the UN's CRPD Conference, alongside our partners, Disabled Peoples' International

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Rachna Kumari's Speech at the UK Parliament

A speech delivered at the UK parliament in June 2022 by Rachna Kumari, a person affected by leprosy

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TLM at the Global Disability Summit 2022

The Leprosy Mission is hosting two side events at the Global Disability Summit 2022.

TLM Switzerland CEO, Markus, meets with a representative from Bangladesh's permanent mission to the UN in Geneva
Taking a petition to the UN Human Rights Council - 2021

In October 2021, TLM presented a petition to permanent missions to the UN in Geneva. The petition called for an end to all laws that discriminate against persons affected by leprosy.

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.