Working together to stop transmission, prevent disability and break the stigma from leprosy

Who we are

Federation of 14 international NGOs, working in 63 countries worldwide, advised by an international technical commission of world experts and a panel of people affected by leprosy

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Why we are needed

Leprosy can be cured, but it is under-reported and under-diagnosed. Delayed treatment causes disabilities. People affected by leprosy suffer from its stigma.

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What we do

Together we are stopping the transmission of leprosy, preventing disability caused by leprosy and breaking the stigma resulting from leprosy.

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Latest News, Events & Tweets


  • New information portal launches

    InfoNTD is the first one-stop source of information on cross-cutting issues in NTDs. It provides a platform for information sharing between scientists, professionals and others working in the field of cross-cutting issues in NTDs. Info NTD is a multi-partner initiative endorsed by the NTD NGDO Network (NNN) and highly welcomed by leading researchers and experts.

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  • Catholic health institutions committed to fighting neglected diseases

    Archbishop Jean-Marie Mupendawatu, head of the Holy See delegation at the 69th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 to 28 May, commended the Report on Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (WHA69/15)

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  • Fourth Progress Report of the London Declaration Scorecard

    Although NTDs are preventable and treatable, they continue to be a heavy burden on over 1 billion of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged people in the world. Uniting to Combat NTD's has released its fourth report of the London Declaration Scorecard on Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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  • Bimonthly meeting of the ILEP Communication Network

    09 August 2016 - 09 August 2016 |

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  • WebEx meeting for ILEP Working Group 1 “Zero transmission”

    29 August 2016 - 29 August 2016 |

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  • WebEx meeting for ILEP Working Group 2 “Zero disability”

    30 August 2016 - 30 August 2016 |

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  • WebEx meeting for ILEP Working Group 3 “Zero discrimination”

    31 August 2016 - 31 August 2016 |

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  • 19th International Leprosy Congress

    18 September 2016 - 21 September 2016 | ILA 2016, Beijing, China

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leprosy is still being transmitted to children

ILEP calls for the proactive, early detection and treatment of leprosy, to prevent leprosy being transmitted to children and to reduce disability in children to zero by 2020. Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy and almost nine out of every one hundred people diagnosed is a child.

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