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Why the leprosy community cannot afford to ignore mental health

Leprosy is a socially stigmatised disease – it affects not just the physical, but the mental and social, as well. If we only treat leprosy physically, we are not treating it completely.

Filomena, with Village Volunteer Tasiana ,and District Supervisor, Martin in Mozambique
We aim to end leprosy transmission by 2035, but we won’t stop there

Our work will not be finished in 2035. There will still be millions of people living with the consequences of leprosy and we must continue to care for them.

A man affected by leprosy in Niger sits on a mat, wearing sunglasses. He lost his site due to leprosy.
How does leprosy damage eyes?

Sadly, leprosy remains the world’s leading cause of preventable disabilities. Among these disabilities is damage to the eyes. Here’s your guide to leprosy and the eyes.

Phulti was sent to live in a cave by her family, but now she receives care at TLM's Anandaban Hospital. Here she poses for a photo with Ruth, from the TLM staff.
Lessons from the frontline of mental health and leprosy

Ruth and Bishnu from TLM Nepal share some of the lessons they’ve learnt from the frontline of mental health care for persons affected by leprosy.

Niranjan from Bihar is a happy patient at our Delhi hospital
Why don’t our hospitals only focus on leprosy?

How does a broader medical focus help us to achieve our goal of zero leprosy? Dr Rajeev Nathan, Medical Superintendent of TLM Community Hospital, New Delhi, explains more.

Members of OPALCO - DR Congo's Leprosy Peoples' Organisation - laughing together in a meeting
How are partnerships with leprosy peoples’ organisations making our work stronger?

Leprosy Peoples’ Organisations must find themselves at the heart of efforts to defeat leprosy in the years to come.

Nuhu sits in a chair, smiling and holding his fists up in celebration at completing a walk with his new prosthetic leg
Nuhu, a committed father of eight

Nuhu was ready to sacrifice his own health for his family. Thankfully, he didn't have to.

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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.

Inclusion First

Inclusion First works in Nigeria to build the resilience of people and their families with leprosy-related disabilities so that they can fully participate in all aspects of life.

Reducing Leprosy and Increasing Inclusion Programme

This programme works to ensure that people affected by leprosy and/or disability are able to access information, help and support to which they are entitled.

Nagammal smiles from her wheelchair in one of our hospitals
Inclusive Empowerment India

This project supports people affected by leprosy to manage their disability, to find their own voice within local and district decision making, and to provide for their own families through sustainable livelihood programmes.

Saw Eh Thar has a prosthetic fitted
Mobile prosthetics unit in Myanmar

Our team runs a mobile prosthetics unit that travels around the country providing medical care to people who have lost their limbs, either through leprosy, or as a result of landmines that litter the country.

Ismail received treatment for ENL for 15 months
ENLIST: Finding new ways to tackle ENL

A look at the ENLIST consortium, an international effort to find new and better ways to treat ENL

A foot wound receives medical attention at one of our hospitals
Solving leprosy's ulcer problems

A look at TLM Nepal's work to solve some of the major leprosy ulcer issues

Addressing the mental health challenges of leprosy in Nigeria

A look at the latest mental health research that is being conducted by our team in Nigeria

Dr Benjamin examines a patient at DBLM Hospital in Bangladesh
Preventing ENL with an addition to MDT

A look at research in Bangladesh that aims to reduce or prevent ENL.

David interrupts his handiwork with a hammer to smile for the camera
Promoting mental health and wellbeing of people affected by skin NTDs

The Neglected Mind-Skin Link project is piloting the WHO Guide on Mental Health and NTD Integration.

A group take part in self-care activities in Mozambique
Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli Ulcers in Low and Middle Income Countries

Developing guidelines for leprosy centres and health centres to promote and support self-care with a particular emphasis on prevention of recurrence of ulcers in the community.