67790065First sign of leprosy

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.

New Global Leprosy Strategy

Strategy2016 2020The World Health Organisation launched a new Global Strategy aiming at freeing the world of leprosy. It calls for accelerated efforts and stronger commitments to stop the transmission of leprosy.

The strategy is built on three major pillars. To further reduce the global and local leprosy burden it is aiming for:

• zero children with leprosy-affected disabilities,
• a reduction of new patients diagnosed with leprosy- related deformities,
• a repeal of all laws that allow discrimination of leprosy patients. 

A cured leprosy patient showing his deformed hands in a New Delhi leprosy colony.
127,000 new people suffering from leprosy were reported in India in 2014.

enveloppe"When I was in Vietnam, I visited some remote areas of Mekong Delta and met project staff with the Leprosy Relief program. They continue to bring happiness and a reassuring future for leprosy affected persons and their children." T.T.T.

enveloppe"Your objectives, the people you help and the means employed to ensure quality service to beneficiaries make your organization a true work of compassionate charity ." Sisters of Charity of Ottawa

enveloppe "I was always told that it's more fun to give than to receive, but I did not know that it also had a positive effect on health. I'm a living proof! Please accept my annual donation to reduce poverty in the world." L.C.P.

enveloppe"I always promised our dear Lord Jesus that if I ever won anything I would give half to his beloved leprosy patients." Y.

enveloppe"Enclosed please find my donation in memory of my father who asked that I continue to support Leprosy Relief after his passing." L.L.


Action Report May

Every two months we publish a newsletter Action Report for Donors to inform you on our progress in the fight against diseases of poverty. You can read the latest copy by selecting the picture above.

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