A relatively small country land-locked in the centre of Europe, Switzerland has gained international prestige for the quality of its products and the grandeur of its Alpine scenery. It is also well known for its position of neutrality in international conflicts and for the frequent use of referendums for decision-making by citizens in the Swiss democracy.
TLM started in Switzerland in 1905. It was the first country outside the British Isles in TLM’s support-raising history. It started with a small group of women who heard about TLM’s work and began to support it through prayer and collecting donations. Because Switzerland has two main language groups, TLM runs two offices, one in the French- and one in the German-speaking part of the country. It works in partnership with the rest of the TLM Fellowship and people affected by leprosy to implement projects in five partner countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger. In Switzerland it raises public awareness about leprosy and themes related to it, such as poverty, exclusion and development, and offers Swiss people the opportunity to support people affected by leprosy or disabilities and their families.
TLM Switzerland’s country leader is Markus Freudiger. It provides around £800,000 per year to TLM programmes.