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At the last estimation, over 3,000 people are currently undergoing treatment for leprosy in Nepal.

In 2009, the Government of Nepal announced that leprosy has been eliminated in the country - according to the WHO measurement of less than 1 case per 10,000 head of population.  However, this does not mean that the disease has been eradicated in Nepal. 

Far from it – while this target may have been achieved in some areas of the country, in others the number of cases is much higher and there is evidence to suggest that numbers are actually increasing.  At the last estimation, 150,000 people are currently undergoing treatment for leprosy or are suffering from its long-term effects.  It is clear, then, that leprosy remains a major issue in Nepal.


  • Anandaban Hospital

    Anandaban Hospital in Kathmandu

    At Anandaban Hospital, around 16 km from Kathmandu city, a holistic approach is taken to cure and care for people affected by leprosy.
  • IDEA Nepal

    IDEA Nepal

    Our local partners IDEA Nepal are a grassroots foundation based in Pokhara which was formed by people affected by leprosy in 1998.
  • Earthquake Response Community-Based Rehabilitation Project

    Earthquake Response Community-Based Rehabilitation Project

    Our main concern is to provide medical and psycho-social support to leprosy-affected individuals and their families- especially those who are living with disability.
  • Earthquake Response Stories

    Stories of Survival

    Thanks to all our incredible supporters who have made it possible for the Anandaban Hospital staff to continue saving lives amid extremely difficult circumstances.
  • Katy's Trip to Nepal

    Katy's Trip to Nepal

    Katy Edwards is one of our wonderful group of 2016 Youth Advocates. In November 2016, she spent a few weeks in our support office as an intern.