Working together for zero leprosy.

Stopping leprosy transmission

Zero transmission

Preventing girls and boys from being disabled by leprosy

Zero disabilities

Abolishing discriminatory leprosy laws and practices

Zero discrimination

Global view: Working worldwide to end leprosy

Leprosy still affects hundreds of thousands of people in more than 100 countries worldwide. 210,671 new cases were reported from 150 countries in 2017.

Dive into our interactive map to find out more about which projects ILEP members are working on, where, and why.

Latest News, Events & Tweets


  • Innovation – A big part of the solution

    02 May 2019

    “We have to present our data in different ways,” said Dr Paul Saunderson, adding that there is a debate amongst those speaking with donor organisations – if the organisation has people affected by leprosy involved – then it would become a series of anecdotes or experiences. “This would not show the range that better data would, so wouldn’t be perfect from the start, but some organisations are ready to start with something, showing some way of measuring progress, while others are not.”

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  • World Leprosy Day 2019: Time to end the stigma and discrimination of leprosy!

    27 January 2019

    ILEP President Jan van Berkel says "This World Leprosy Day, Sunday 27 January, provides an important opportunity to draw attention to the often-neglected aspects of leprosy – the negative social implications many persons affected by the disease experience on a daily basis."

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  • Mohan’s story: overcoming stigma and despair, and helping others to do the same

    24 January 2019

    Born in 1982, Mohan was afflicted with lameness from polio at the age of 2. After his diagnosis of leprosy, however, what slowed him down were not his physical difficulties, but the discrimination he faced from family, relatives, friends, and society.

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  • 20th International Leprosy Congress

    10 September 2019 - 13 September 2019 | Manila, Philippines

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Why we are needed

Our Triple Zero campaign is needed as leprosy is still being transmitted and stigma persists. To understand the difference we are making, and target our efforts most effectively, we collect and measure data every year.

  • 2 minutes

    Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy

  • 16,000+

    16,979 girls and boys diagnosed with leprosy in 2017

  • 148 laws

    148 laws are in place worldwide that discriminate against people affected by leprosy