First 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 200,000 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.
The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy
This partnership is a major step forward in fighting the disease and giving hope for patients. By combining expertise and coordinating research and funding efforts, we will be able to take advantage of new and innovative approaches to accelerate progress towards the eradication of leprosy.
Around 200 000 people are newly diagnosed with leprosy every year, including 18 000 children. The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy is an exciting step towards a world without leprosy.
Today around two million people are living with disabilities as a result of leprosy
Together, we are optimistic that we can achieve Zero Leprosy.