Amar Timilsina


Amar was seriously affected by leprosy during the early years of his life. Due to the intense stigma surrounding the disease, he was neglected by the society in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was successfully treated for leprosy by the Anandaban Hospital from 1989 to 1995.  This lead to his immense willingness to work in the part of advocacy and lobbying for a safe rehabilitation of the people affected by leprosy in their own families and communities. Amar is now happily married with two children, and works as a school principal contributing to the development and progress of school education at the National level. In 2015, he was elected as IDEA Nepal’s President, a term that will last four years. Amar strives to exchange stories about the current consequences related to leprosy, sufferings of the people affected by leprosy, and to find a common ground to counter these consequences. His goal is to reach the decision-making level of policy in order to find ways to assist those who have been affected by leprosy.