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


  • Maksuda’s Story: A model of leadership and giving back to others with leprosy

    22 January 2019

    Maksuda first met Lepra staff when she was diagnosed with leprosy and received treatment at a local clinic at Sirajganj, Bangladesh. At the time of her diagnosis, she was married; however, she returned to her father’s home with her daughter upon her divorce with her husband. Although at this time, Maksuda had successfully been treated for leprosy, she was without her own home or source of income.

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  • Ajay’s story: Leprosy’s impact on families

    21 January 2019

    Meet Ajay, aged 40, from Amroha, India. This is his story, told in his own words, to help raise awareness of stigma and discrimination this World Leprosy Day.

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  • Neru’s Story: Losing out on childhood and schooling

    17 January 2019

    Neru was only eight when she discovered she had leprosy. Her mother had noticed patches on Neru’s body and Neru also complained of numbness in her right hand and right leg. As time went on this numbness worsened and her hand began to stiffen and she could no longer open or close her hand, or hold things easily.

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  • World Leprosy Day 2019

    27 January 2019 - 27 January 2019 | global

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  • ILEP Meetings, March 2019

    18 March 2019 - 22 March 2019 | Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.

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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

  • 150+ laws

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