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Indonesia has the third highest number of new leprosy cases in the world. Leprosy Mission New Zealand entered into a funding partnership with Netherlands Leprosy Relief in a project that will help end leprosy in Indonesia.

leprosy in Indonesia

The Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship is part of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, joining with organisations like the World Health Organisation, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Association (ILEP) and the International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA), working towards ending leprosy transmission by 2035.

This new project in Indonesia has an emphasis on finding and curing people with leprosy. By implementing the approach of 'contact tracing' of leprosy patients, and providing one dose of antibiotic Rifampicin to those who have close contact with leprosy patients; it could bring a breakthrough in reducing the risk of leprosy transmission. 

zero leprosy transmission

Where We Work

  • Bangladesh


    Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world and leprosy is still a major health problem.
  • Bougainville


    Since 1999, the Leprosy Mission New Zealand has been supporting the development of a successful community health programme in Bougainville.
  • Ethiopia


    The Leprosy Mission New Zealand works in partnership with a local grassroots leprosy organisation called ENAPAL (Ethiopian National Association of People Affected by Leprosy).
  • India


    The Leprosy Mission began working in India in 1874, and The Leprosy Mission New Zealand works predominantly in two regions of India: Muzaffarpur and Faizabad.
  • Nepal


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

    Papua New Guinea

    The Leprosy Mission New Zealand has been working closely with TLM Papua New Guinea in reducing the medical, social and economic burden of leprosy in PNG.