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World Leprosy Day

On the last Sunday of January, people all around the world celebrate World Leprosy Day.


 It’s a day we can set aside to raise awareness of people affected by leprosy.


The French humanitarian Raoul Follereau selected the date for World Leprosy Day. He wanted to pay homage to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his death on 30th January 1948. Inspired by Jesus, Gandhi had a lifelong compassion for people affected by leprosy.


This year World Leprosy Day falls on 28th January. 


The theme for this year is Healthy futures: Preventing girls and boys from developing disabilities associated with leprosy.




  • Tens of thousands of boys and girls are diagnosed with leprosy each year, demonstrating that leprosy is still being transmitted throughout communities. #ZeroTransmission
  • We can prevent the development of lifelong disabilities in children if new leprosy cases are detected and treated early. #Zero Disabilities
  • Too often, children affected by leprosy stop going to school and feel socially isolated because of discrimination. As well as treatment, social inclusion is key to ending leprosy. #ZeroDiscrimination
  • By working together to prevent, treat and cure leprosy in girls and boys, we will be one vital step closer to a world without leprosy. #ZeroLeprosy   


Chick here for a short and fun quiz to test your knowledge about leprosy!  


Join us on this global movement! 


You can make a real difference by becoming a prayer partner, collecting some spare change, or just by sharing your knowledge of our mission with others. We are so grateful for everything you do.


You can also organise your own fundrasing event, click here to download your fundraising tools.


Feel free to contact us by calling 0800 862 873 or emailing enquiries@leprosymission.org.nz for any help you need with planning or any aspect of your event! 

Get Involved

  • Youth Advocate Scholarship

    Youth Advocate Scholarship

    Each year, we choose a group of enthusiastic young people to become advocates for the vital work we do with leprosy-affected individuals and their families.
  • Running Events

    Running Events

    Join our team and take part in the Auckland Marathon 2017! Whatever your level of fitness there is something for you.
  • Join our running team

    Join our running team

    Become a member of the Leprosy Mission's Running 4 Rights team and help transform lives of people affected by leprosy!
  • Supporter Tour

    Supporter Tour

    Join the Leprosy Mission supporter tour, come and see for yourself how people are cured and lives are changed.
  • Volunteer with us

    Volunteer with us

    Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated at The Leprosy Mission.
  • Moneybox

    Moneybox

    Moneyboxes are for everyone! You can have a moneybox at home, or take one to your school, church or workplace.
  • Prayer Support

    Prayer Support

    The founder of the Leprosy Mission, Wellesley Bailey, spoke of the organisation as being 'born and cradled in prayer'. We believe this statement still holds true.
  • Employment

    Employment

    As long as leprosy afflicts individuals and communities, we are committed to doing all we can to break its power and impact.