World Leprosy Day 2019

Sunday 27 January 2019 is World Leprosy Day.

This year’s theme is ending discrimination, stigma and prejudice.

The majority of people affected by leprosy are believed to experience some form of stigma and discrimination. Up to half of them will face mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety.

Please support #WorldLeprosyDay to help raise awareness about the impact discrimination and social stigma have on people affected by leprosy, and how these negative attitudes hamper efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Find out how ILEP members and the leprosy community are working for increased social inclusion and mental well-being, and how women and men affected by leprosy are making the case for greater participation, demanding their rights and mobilising to overthrow discriminatory laws and practices.

By working together to end the discrimination and stigma of leprosy, we will be one vital step closer to a world without leprosy.

Take our #WorldLeprosyDay 2019 Quiz

Take the quiz in Dutch

Take the quiz in French

Take the quiz in German

Take the quiz in Spanish

Read our new report

Launched in January 2019 ahead of World Leprosy Day, this ILEP publication explores the complex links between stigma and leprosy and sets out what needs to be done to end the cycle of discrimination.

Zero Discrimination: Ending the Stigma of Leprosy (English language)

Zéro discrimination: mettre fin à la stigmatisation liée à la lèpre (French)

Sign the petition against stigmatising language

“I am not my disease… I am like you… I am affected by leprosy…Don’t call me a “leper!”

Share our infographics


Read the stories of stigma from people affected by leprosy

Neru from India

Valdenora from Brazil

Ajay from India

Maksuda from Bangladesh

Mohan from India

Plus read about one doctor’s efforts to overcome stigma in Nepal

Follow our #ZeroDiscrimination campaign

How ILEP and members are working to achieve Zero Discrimination for people affected by leprosy.