Global Advocacy Strategy

The Leprosy Mission
Global Advocacy Strategy

2019 – 2023

Towards Zero Transmission

Key Message 1

The ultimate responsibility to detect and treat leprosy lies with the respective national governments of the leprosy endemic countries. With the majority of these countries declaring elimination of leprosy, there has been a reduction in resource allocation for leprosy control programmes.

Key Message 2

Leprosy and poverty go hand in hand. Persons affected by leprosy are amongst the poorest and most disempowered in their communities. They often face barriers in accessing services within Universal Health Care, which means they are forced to meet catastrophic health related expenses, trapping them in the vicious circle of poverty.

Towards Zero Disability

Key Message 1

Leprosy endemic countries are not providing enough resources to leprosy control programmes, which is having an impact on the early detection of leprosy. This too often leads to leprosy being diagnosed too late to prevent complications and disabilities.

Key Message 2

The majority of persons affected by leprosy – especially women – are found to be in need of mental health support as a result of the stigma associated with the disease.

Towards Zero Discrimination

Key Message 1

Leprosy endemic countries are not Persons affected by leprosy and their family members face pervasive exclusion and discrimination on account of the stigma that is associated with leprosy. Deep rooted myths and misconceptions around leprosy are the main cause of stigma and discrimination.

Key Message 2

Persons affected by leprosy are among the minority who are ‘legally discriminated’ against by law. There are still 148 laws in different countries that deny certain fundamental rights that are guaranteed under the constitution to citizens affected by leprosy.

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