Leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to humanity and it affects millions worldwide. We believe we can end the transmission of the disease by 2035 and one of the crucial new tools to help us achieve this is PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis).
People in Northern Ireland have shown incredible generosity over the last six weeks with their financial support for our projects to support people with leprosy in Africa and Asia.
For so many of us coronavirus has brought the need to adapt and, in many circumstances, change our regular routines or ways of life. Lockdown and self-isolation have brought a number of hardships either financial or social. These circumstances are being replicated around the World.
Coronavirus is sweeping across the world. We need your help now to give people affected by leprosy the support they need to get through this crisis and beyond.
Covid-19 is very different from leprosy. Covid-19 is a highly contagious viral disease and leprosy is a mildly infectious bacterial disease that 95% of the world population is immune to. Although the two are very different scientifically, the social consequences run almost parallel as isolation takes hold.