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Health and Disability Care

Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with leprosy, and we provide multi-drug therapy and expert medical care to people affected by the disease.

The Leprosy Mission serves a population of 305 million people across over 200 projects in 26 leprosy-affected countries. We partner with local-health care centres where we train local doctors, health workers and government staff to diagnose and treat leprosy.

Disability Care

In many leprosy-affected countries, the government is increasingly taking on the role of detection and treatment, and we are able to focus our efforts on the on-going rehabilitation of individuals and families affected by the disease. 

Disability is often a consequence of leprosy, especially if it is not diagnosed and treated early enough, and many leprosy-affected people need medical care long after their treatment has finished.

Common disabilities caused by leprosy include loss of mobility in hands and feet, painful ulcers and infections, and even avoidable blindness.


Once treatment is finished we teach leprosy-affected individuals and families about 'self-care' so they can prevent and manage disability at home, and in Leprosy Mission supported self-care groups. This allows leprosy-affected people to live independently, stay active and keep working or attending school.

We also provide follow-up health services to ensure there are no complications or symptoms of recurring leprosy. We cure, care for and restore people affected by leprosy. Partner with us here.

What We Do

  • Where We Work

    Where We Work

    We work in some of the poorest and remote areas in the world.
  • Detection and Diagonsis

    Detection and Diagonsis

    Early detection and diagnosis of leprosy is vital to our mission, because if treatment with multi-drug therapy is started early enough, long-term disability can be completely avoided.
  • Community Development and Advocacy

    Community Development and Advocacy

    We know that we can prevent leprosy and minimise its impact by addressing extreme poverty. That's why community development is at the core of our work.
  • Emergency Response

    Emergency Response

    In any disaster, it is the poorest and most marginalised people that suffer the most. Although disaster relief is not a core area of our work, we respond when we can, often working in partnership with other organisations to distribute emergency aid.