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Welcome to ILEP
Leprosy is curable and ILEP is working for a world free from leprosy.
We are a Federation of 14 international non-governmental organisations. We support a Technical Commission of world experts on leprosy. Members co-ordinate their work in 63 countries, where they spend some $60 million on 700 projects and around $US 2.5 million per year on leprosy research.
Together we are stopping leprosy. Every two minutes one more person is diagnosed and starts treatment for leprosy.
Together we are preventing disability due to leprosy. Millions of people around the world are still disabled by leprosy, which left untreated causes nerve damage and disfigurement of the face and limbs; lack of sensation can lead to injury and blindness.
Together we are fighting the stigma of leprosy, which can cause people affected and their families to be shunned and excluded from everyday life, their rights ignored.
Members work with some half a million girls and boys, women, and men affected by leprosy, with Ministries and the World Health Organization; with Novartis, which is providing anti-leprosy drugs for free; The Nippon Foundation and other philanthropic trusts; with NGOs and governments and with the support of some 500k individual donors.
ILEP was founded in 1966 for a list of members Click here
Leprosy around the world
The countries where ILEP Members are working are highlighted in bright green: