Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world and leprosy is still a major health problem.
The Leprosy Mission New Zealand has a long and strong partnership in the Chittagong Region which has one of the highest prevalence rates of leprosy in the country. Many leprosy-affected people live in extreme poverty and face stigma and discrimination in their daily lives. Through the following projects we help give leprosy-affected families a brighter future.
Click on the projects below to learn more and read some amazing success stories.
Chittagong People-led Development Project (CPDP)-provides leprosy-affected individuals and their families with the skills and knowledge they need to take control of their own lives through social and economic development.
Success: 'Lepers Act' repealed in 2011
Did you realise that until recently, discrimination against people with leprosy in Bangladesh was legally sanctioned? On the 24th November 2011 the Bangladesh Government repealed the 1898 'Lepers Act' that segregated people with leprosy from society. This act allowed varied discriminations against people with leprosy, especially those without a legitimate income who could be arrested on sight. The law's reversal was achieved through advocacy, empowerment for leprosy-affected people to protest and communications with the Bangladeshi Government. It is a great victory in the fight against discrimination for leprosy-affected people.