Every 2 minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy
1 in 10
One in ten people diagnosed with leprosy is a child
210,671 new cases of leprosy were reported in 2017
Reaching Zero Transmission
The development of new multi-drug therapies decades ago has made leprosy easily treatable. 16 million people have been cured since 1981.
While we have tools to prevent the disease spreading, transmission rates have remained steady in recent years. It is estimated that more than one million people will be newly diagnosed over the next five years.
Through new research and better diagnostic testing, we are working together to bring the number of people affected by leprosy worldwide down to zero.
Zero Transmission: current research and projects
We must not allow the early detection of new cases to stagnate. Proactive, early diagnosis of leprosy must remain an international and national priority, to prevent leprosy from being transmitted to children and disabilities developingDr Erwin Cooreman, Team Leader WHO Global Leprosy Programme