World Leprosy Day 2018

Children without disabilities: theme for 2018

This year’s theme continues to build on the strategic focus of the past two years— preventing girls and boys from developing disabilities associated with leprosy. This supports the ILEP strategy and the WHO Global Leprosy Target, “Zero G2D in paediatric leprosy patients”.

Individual ILEP member organisations and others within the broader community are encouraged to share the centrally-produced materials, as well to design their own materials, events and activities to help amplify the message.  The use of materials in donor and affected countries may be targeted to specific outcomes (such as public information or fundraising) but they ultimately all support efforts to increase attention on what’s needed to end leprosy, through the lens of children affected.

World Leprosy Day  will be observed on Sunday 28th January 2018


A toolkit of materials (primarily for online and social media use) is being developed, coordinated by the ILEP office but with contributions and input from ILEP members and partners.

This includes:

Child Case Study 1- Sakshi

Child Case Study 2- Mahendra

Child Case Study 3- Nandini

Amar’s Testimony of his life with leprosy (Amar Timalsina, IDEA Nepal President and ILEP Panel of People Affected by Leprosy member shares his story of  how experiencing leprosy shaped his childhood, and his life)

Key messages

Quiz for World Leprosy Day (Text document only) 

Facebook event for World Leprosy Day 2018 (Please like and share)

Social media content: – suggested tweets, posts, infographics and memes

*For roll out in Jan- please do not use until Rosa indicates this can be live*

18,230 Children Infographic

Every Half Hour Infographic

Support WLD meme

Zero Leprosy WLD meme

Social Media Toolkit

Media materials:

Press release(for early translation and adaptation, embargoed until Jan 2018)

ILEP President’s speech/statement

Q&A on leprosy & children

Expert op-ed

Relevant documents will be added to the site as they become available, so please check back regularly for more.