Leprosy still exists. Over 200,000 people are still being diagnosed with the disease each year.
Leprosy is not a disease of the past. It's a midly infectious disease and a cure is available.
Leprosy is a mildly infectious disease caused by a bacillus called Mycobacterium leprae. It is most common in places of poverty – overcrowding and poor nutrition mean people’s immune systems are not strong and they are less able to fight the disease.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland is committed to eradicating leprosy, one of 18 diseases formally recognised as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD).