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Where is leprosy found today?

Every 2 minutes a person somewhere in the world is diagnosed with leprosy.

Where in the world is leprosy? 

Take a look at the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data on our map.

Quick facts:

  • Every 2 minutes a person somewhere in the world is diagnosed with leprosy
  • Most cases of leprosy are found across Asia, Africa, and South America
  • Around two-thirds of new leprosy cases each year are found in India

If a country has only a handful of cases, these cases are likely to be people who have come to the country from a country with a high number of cases.

On average, there are three to four cases of leprosy reported each year in New Zealand.

Read World Health organisation report here 

About Leprosy

  • Causes


    Leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease) is caused by bacteria which attack nerves in the extremities of the body like your hands, feet and face leaving them numb.
  • Consequences


    In almost every country where we work, stigma towards leprosy-affected individuals and their families still exists.
  • Frequently asked questions

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Further Information

    Further Information

    There are many organisations around the world that work towards the goal of eradicating the causes and consequences of leprosy.