The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 by the United Nations under the banner '17 goals to transform our world'. These ambitious goals aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. All too often in the past, programmes have been targeted at communities that are easy to reach. But one of the most crucial aims of the SDGs is to ensure that no one is left behind. The Leprosy Mission, following in Jesus’ footsteps, works with other organisations to ensure the most marginalised, those affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities, are fully included and benefit from the development process.
The medical focus of TLM’s work is most closely linked to Goal 3, Target 3.3: ‘By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases …’. Leprosy is one of the group of 18 neglected tropical diseases. However, the holistic nature of our work means our programmes link closely to 16 of the 17 SDGs.
The SDGs are an invaluable opportunity to work together for and with those who are marginalised, forgotten and in need.
Read more about the SDGs on the United Nations website.
You can read more about The Leprosy Mission's work with SDGs in the recently published booklet 'Lives Transformed: Uniting to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals', available below for download.