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A researcher at our Stanley Browne Laboratory in India
5 ways Covid-19 has slowed vital leprosy research

In some places Covid-19 has slowed down the work, in other places it has completely stopped the work.

A man in Nepal looks to camera and holds his leprosy-affected hands together in front of him
Covid-19 has to be a turning point for our world – we can’t go on like this

We live in a world of devastating inequality. Covid-19 has made that painfully clear. It has to stop.

A doctor takes notes during a consultation with a patient in Bangladesh
How is leprosy transmitted?

Understanding the transmission of leprosy will help us to combat transmission of the disease, as well as other problems associated with leprosy.

A red squirrel in the wild
Five things you didn’t know about leprosy transmission

Here are some of the more unusual things about the transmission of the disease.

A lady stands in PPE in front of a surgical theatre
Covid-19: how do we grow from this experience?

Our team in Myanmar have been innovating through the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure they continue to support people affected by leprosy.

Lau, a person affected by leprosy, stands on his crutches looking at the camera
Why do people hide their leprosy symptoms and what does this mean for them?

All across the world there are people that recognise a patch of their skin that has changed colour and lost feeling. They know it might be leprosy, but they avoid seeking medical support. That decision could prove to have terrible consequences, including avoidable life-long disabilities.

How can governments help to stop the transmission of leprosy?

The action doesn’t need to be as drastic as with Covid-19, but the right action could end the disease in our lifetime.

A woman in a colourful headscarf smiles at the camera
A new tool that will help us defeat leprosy by 2035

We believe we can end the transmission of the disease by 2035 and one of the crucial new tools to help us achieve this is PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis).

Two young children sit with their father in India
The silent suffering of a billion people: killing off leprosy’s best friend

We want to raise the voice of people affected by leprosy and other NTDs. Their plight could be avoided through the eradication of poverty.

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.

What do you think about a world without leprosy?

Here are the perspectives of people at the heart of the fight: people affected by leprosy, people who have spent their entire working lives aiming for a world without leprosy, and people who have been supporting the fight for decades.

A woman in an orange sari looks at the camera
Has Covid-19 changed our target of zero leprosy transmission by 2035?

Are we still on course to achieve our goal of zero transmission by 2035? In short, yes.

A smiling gentleman at the Dakwa Settlement near Abuja, Nigeria
3 reasons to believe we will end leprosy in the next 14 years

After thousands of years of the disease ruining lives, we are now on the edge of defeating leprosy. Here are three reasons we believe we can, with the right resources, end the transmission of leprosy by 2035.

Joydeepa Darlong, our research lead in India
3 Ways scientists are creating a world without leprosy

We could be the generation that ends leprosy for good. Here are three fantastic tools that scientists are working on right now that will push us towards zero leprosy transmission by 2035.

Tara, on the left, stands at the front of a celebration event in Nepal
Walk a mile in my shoes and see what leprosy means

I'm Taranath from Nepal and I invite you to see what leprosy has really meant for my life. See how stigma and fear has affected me in almost every area of my life and how I have overcome all of it.

A portrait photo of Paulino, a village leader in Mozambique
5 types of discriminatory laws that punish you for having leprosy

Across the world there are more than 100 laws that discriminate against people who have experienced leprosy. They are totally unacceptable. Here’s a look at some of the key ways these laws can punish you simply for a curable medical diagnosis.

A picture of Amar Timalsina standing outside a building in Nepal
I stood in the twilight of the evening, tears coursing down my face

This is the story of Amar's divorce, which happened when his wife learnt that he had once been diagnosed with leprosy.

A man on a hospital bed in Myanmar looks to his left, at the photographer. He is proudly wearing a Liverpool FC top.
The problem with comparing Covid-19 and leprosy

There have been headlines across the world since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic which have seen people compare Covid-19 with leprosy. Any comparisons between these diseases are inaccurate at best and harmful at worst.

A nurse dressed in white blouse and red skirt lowers her face mask to pose for a picture at our partner hospital in Myanmar
Myanmar: at the centre of the world’s biggest Covid crisis

After months of violent military rule, Myanmar is currently experiencing a devastating wave of Covid-19 and there is no healthcare system in place to help.

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.