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5 key human rights that have been stolen from people affected by leprosy

People often have many of their human rights deprived from them when they are diagnosed with leprosy. This is in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human rights and it needs to change.

Why we have to be more careful with language during Covid-19

Throughout history, the odious term ‘leper’ has been used as an insult to those affected by leprosy

Racism is systemic, even at the global level and leprosy is proof

It is no coincidence that hardly any white people are diagnosed with leprosy.

Now would be the worst time to forget about people affected by leprosy

Despite the difficulties many of us are facing due to Covid-19, now would be the worst time to forget about people affected by leprosy.

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.

Calling on Philanthropic Foundations for World Leprosy Day 2022

We are supporting the Sasakawa Health Foundation's Global Appeal 2022, which is asking for the support of philanthropic foundations across the world.

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.

Members of the community stand together with baskets containing crabs
How crab farming has transformed a whole community in Papua New Guinea

This innovative crab-farming project has been turning heads within the leprosy sector because it has transformed a whole community.

Storytelling, the key to defeating leprosy stigma?

The TLM Myanmar team found that the best way to raise awareness, defeat stigma, and increase the number of leprosy cases they found was to hear the stories of persons affected by leprosy.

3 ways that putting persons affected by leprosy at the centre of the conversation will defeat leprosy stigma

We need to put persons affected by leprosy at the centre of all of these conversations. It is not a magic answer, a silver bullet that will solve all our problems, but it is the only way we’ll make real progress.

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.

Thresia, who overcame self-stigma to pursue her dreams

Because of a leprosy diagnosis, Thresia experienced self-stigma and feared being teased at school. Now, she's back studying and ready to pursue her dreams.

Suresh and Mangala pose together in front of a tree covered in red flowers
Suresh and Mangala, leprosy champions and husband and wife

Because of leprosy, Suresh and Mangala both faced enormous challenges before they met each other. Now they are happily married, parents to three beautiful children, and they use their work to transform the lives of persons affected by leprosy in India.

Statement of U Soe Win at the UN's 13th Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

U Soe Win spoke at a roundtable even at the UN's CRPD Conference in 2020. This is what he said.

Brent Morgan and Amar Timalsina represent TLM at the UN in New York
Statement of Mr. Brent Morgan, made before the CRPD Conference on 13 June 2018

Brent Morgan, TLM International Director, spoke at the UN's 11th CRPD Conference in 2018. This is the statement he delivered.

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.

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