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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is observed internationally every year on the last Sunday of January to raise public awareness of leprosy.

 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.

In 2021, World Leprosy Day falls on 31st January.

Join us on this global movement! 

If you and your church community are inspired to join us on this global movement, please feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to help with resources to be used from January - March to start the final journey towards ending leprosy.

Join people around the world in prayer and awareness-raising and hold your own World Leprosy Day event at your church or in your small group.


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

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

Did you know?

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  • 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   

Thank you again for joining us in the final journey towards ending leprosy!

Get Involved

  • Sign up for latest updates

    Sign up for latest updates

    An easy first step to getting involved. You can be one of the first to receive our latest updates!
  • Sign Petition Today and End Discriminatory Leprosy Laws

    Sign Petition Today and End Discriminatory Leprosy Laws

    Add your voice to the thousands around the world calling for an end to outdated and discriminatory leprosy laws.
  • 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 2019! 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

    * The Supporter Tour is temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 Restrictions

    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.
  • 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.
  • Moneybox


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

    Join our Team

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