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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  • 69th World Health Assembly

    23 May 2016 - 28 May 2016 | 69th World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • International Symposium on Leprosy

    09 June 2016 - 10 June 2016 | Rome, Italy

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  • Bimonthly Communication Network meeting

    14 June 2016 - 14 June 2016 | WebEx

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  • ILEP meeting of the Executive Board

    15 June 2016 - 15 June 2016 | Skype

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  • ILEP Conference 2016 and Members’ Assembly

    12 October 2016 - 14 October 2016 | Bern, Switzerland

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Leprosy in the news

  • World Leprosy Day 2016 ILEP calls for zero disability in children due to leprosy

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  • Novartis Foundation commemorates World Leprosy Day with its continued efforts to go the last mile toward elimination

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  • American Leprosy Missions and ILEP call for proactive, early detection of leprosy to reduce disability due to leprosy in children to zero by 2020     

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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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