The Leprosy Mission’s hospitals are centres of excellence that provide an exceptional level of care to leprosy patients as well as meeting the general medical needs of their surrounding communities. Reconstructive surgeries, physiotherapy, assistive devices and special footwear, treatment of ulcers and leprosy reactions, counselling and health education are all designed to enable people affected by leprosy to live independent and productive lives. The Leprosy Mission provides leprosy training to health workers, medical students and communities, so that knowledge of the disease reaches all levels of society.
At the community level The Leprosy Mission’s health education programmes cover not only leprosy but also HIV/Aids, maternal health, nutrition and sanitation. In several countries the Mission is involved, either directly or through advising government, in leprosy control within public health programmes, which aim to find and treat new cases of leprosy early before nerve damage results in disability.