Leprosy is an infectious disease involving the skin and nerves of infected individuals. Left untreated, nerve damage and other complications occur as the disease progresses. Lack of feeling leads to wounds and deformities of the face and limbs.

In many communities, leprosy leads to stigma towards those affected and their families, causing them to be shunned and even excluded from everyday life. Leprosy remains endemic in poorer parts of the world. Around 230,000 new patients are reported worldwide each year. In addition, it is estimated that at least 3 million people are living with some permanent disability due to leprosy, although the exact figure is unknown.

Fortunately, leprosy can be completely cured with a few months of effective drug treatment. If this is started at an early stage, most patients need never suffer the damaging complications of leprosy.

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Leprosy still exists, and early detection is important

Leprosy can cause permanent disability

Stigma surrounds leprosy and also disability

There are barriers to accessing the cure


We are so thankful for your support!

  enveloppeIn the mail  "Here is my donation. I trust it will help a child suffering from leprosy or help a child whose parents are affected by leprosy so that he/she may get an education." A.M.

Every gift transforms the life of a person affected by leprosy.
Every gift helps break the vicious cycle of poverty.
Every gift to Leprosy Relief, large or small, makes a difference.
Every gift attests your commitment for a better world.



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Leprosy Relief Canada is a Member of ILEP


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can be better used, and support can be concentrated where it is most


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