Spread over 13,000 islands (only half of them occupied) and with hundreds of different ethnic and language groups, Indonesia is the world’s fourth biggest country by population. The cultural diversity leads to a remarkable range of architectural styles, art, dance, cuisine and religious expression. More Muslim people live in Indonesia than in any other country, but it is a pluralist country with six religions officially recognised.
Indonesia sees the third highest number of new leprosy cases each year, after India and Brazil. There are more than 17,000 new cases a year – little changed from ten years ago. TLM has a long history of involvement in leprosy services through the placement of expatriate staff in high-leprosy provinces such as West Papua, South Sulawesi, West and Central Java, East Nusa Tenggara and North Sumatra. At present, TLM does not have an active programme in Indonesia but recognises the size of the leprosy challenge in the country and is looking for opportunities to re-engage with partners there.