18,000 girls and boys were diagnosed with leprosy in 2016
39% of people newly diagnosed with leprosy are girls & women
Women affected by leprosy have 2/3 less surgery than men
Achieving Zero Disabilities
Leprosy causes nerve damage and muscle weakness that can lead to permanent impairment if not diagnosed and treated. Today, children continue to be diagnosed with visible disabilities.
The percentages of girls and women diagnosed with leprosy varies greatly per country. However, experts believe many are missing out on treatment, which increases their chances of becoming physically impaired and experiencing discrimination.
Early diagnostic testing and early intervention, along with better data collection, is crucial. We believe that by working together, the number of people who experience preventable disabilities due to leprosy can be reduced to zero.
For far too long, women and girls with disabilities have been invisible – all too often experiencing double discrimination, due to both their disability and to being female.Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director UN Women