Zero Transmission


We are working together to prevent girls and boys suffering from the lifelong disabilities which are caused by leprosy

  • 16,979

    16,979 girls and boys were diagnosed with leprosy in 2017

  • 39%

    39% of people newly diagnosed with leprosy are girls & women

  • 2/3

    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.

Girls & Women affected by leprosy

Girls and women affected by leprosy are triply discriminated against because of their gender, the disabilities that can result from the disease and the stigma associated with it.

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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