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Our Christian Identity

Our vision is a world where leprosy is defeated and lives are transformed. Because we follow Jesus Christ, we value Compassion, Justice, Integrity, Inclusion and Humanity.

Our Story Leprosy Mission New Zealand


Our Vision and Values


Our vision is a world where leprosy is defeated and lives are transformed.


Because we follow Jesus Christ, we value:

  • Compassion
  • Justice
  • Integrity
  • Inclusion
  • Humility



Our Mission


Following Jesus Christ, The Leprosy Mission strives to break the chains of leprosy, empowering people to attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness.



Our Story


The Leprosy Mission was founded in 1874 by Irish missionary Wellesley Bailey.


While on a mission in India he came across a group of people sitting in isolation under a tree - they had been banished from their village because of their leprosy. He was deeply touched by what he saw and returned home determined to make a difference. Shortly afterwards, the Leprosy Mission was born.


'The Mission has been born and cradled in prayer. It has been brought up on prayer; it has been nourished on prayer; and prayer has been at the bottom of its success since the first moments of its life.' Wellesley Bailey, Founder of the Leprosy Mission.


It wasn’t until 1912 when Bailey and his wife Alice visited New Zealand that he inspired locals to found their very own support chapter.


The Leprosy Mission New Zealand was formed to raise awareness about leprosy and provide financial support to bring hope and healing to people affected by the disease.


Wellesley Bailey


In the early days of the Mission the focus was on treating the medical consequences of the disease. But in the early 1990s, it became increasingly apparent that leprosy is as much a social disease as a medical one, and that the 'cure' needed to extend far beyond the initial treatment and address the poverty, stigma and discrimination that too often accompany the disease.


Although detection, diagnosis and treatment are still fundamental to our mission, our programmes and services have evolved over time to address both the causes and consequences of the disease.


Today our work is diverse and includes community development, sustainable livelihoods, education and vocational training, advocacy, and emergency response and preparedness.


“If there was ever a Christ-like work in the world, it is to go amongst these poor sufferers and bring them the consolation of the gospel.”—Wellesley Bailey


For over 100 years the Leprosy Mission New Zealand has been creating life-changing connections between New Zealanders and people throughout the world affected by leprosy.


We are dedicated to curing, caring for and restoring leprosy-affected people, families and communities.


Over the last 30 years, 15 million people have been cured from leprosy, but there are still 5 million people affected by leprosy today.


The Leprosy Mission New Zealand, in partnership with our supporters and the Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship and other organisations, is dedicated to ending leprosy and transforming lives.


Our strategy


  • Leprosy still exists
  • There is a cure
  • It can be ended in a generation

Most New Zealanders are not aware that leprosy exists, and that once detected it can be easily cured. The Leprosy Mission New Zealand is part of a global organisation that is world-class in curing, caring for and restoring people with leprosy.


The three priorities of our Strategic Plan 2014-18 are;

  1. Engage New Zealanders in ending leprosy and transforming lives.
  2. Resource and support field programmes that cure, care for and restore people with leprosy.
  3. Actively partner with the Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship to end global leprosy.


For more information you can download our Strategic Plan here



About Us

  • Who We Are

    Who We Are

    The Leprosy Mission New Zealand is a small office of just 10 staff that is based in Auckland. We also have a supportive Board who provide us with expert advice on a wide range of issues.
  • Global Fellowship

    Global Fellowship

    The Leprosy Mission global Fellowship is a global federation of 27 Leprosy Mission national organisations. We work together towards our shared vision of leprosy defeated, lives transformed.
  • Who We Work With

    Who We Work With

    The Leprosy Mission New Zealand has been partnering with the Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship, World Health Organisation and other organisations, dedicated to ending leprosy and transforming lives.
  • Privacy, Complaints Procedure and Security

    Privacy, Complaints Procedure and Security

    Please contact us on 0800 862 873 if you have any questions about the use of your personal information.