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Unsung Heroes in the Fight Against Leprosy

Health workers are on the front lines of the work to bring life-changing cure and care to people suffering from leprosy and related diseases. Each health worker has the opportunity to impact hundreds of people in the most remote and underserved areas of our planet. So we equip, train, partner,… Read More

A Happy World Christmas

In the country of Nepal, where more than 80% of the population is Hindu, a dog named Happy is sharing about the love of Jesus with children. Happy, a loveable large dog, is the host of a popular Christian television show for children called Happy’s World. This past December, Happy… Read More

Connecting A Billion People to Care

The late Dr. Margaret Brand, a pioneering leprosy expert and eye surgeon, and a friend, once shared with me a story from when she took part in a India-wide health campaign to distribute vitamin A. She told me that one day, a young mother came into the outpatient clinic carrying… Read More

Changes Underway at One of the Busiest Leprosy Hospitals in the World

We have reached the half-way point in the four-year expansion of Lalgadh Leprosy Services Center in Nepal, one of the busiest leprosy hospitals in the world. Thanks to the support of people like you and USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program, we are expanding and modernizing the outpatient department,… Read More

Your Love Brings Health and Hope to Nepal

In rural southeastern Nepal there is a village called Sinurjoda. One section of that village, Ward 7, is inhabited almost exclusively by Dalit people. These are the untouchables, the marginalized, the outcast. They suffer from poverty and disease. They lack education, clean water and sanitation. During the last two years,… Read More

Health and Hope in Africa

The flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer attacks children and adults, leaving open wounds and causing disabilities. Working through our partner hospital in the DR Congo, American Leprosy Missions provides treatment for Buruli ulcer and invests in the health of the surrounding communities. The Buruli ulcer hospital ward used to be full… Read More

Your Gifts Give Life

In April, your gifts sent 25 boxes of critical medicines and supplies worth $3.3 million to one of our partner hospitals in Nepal. The medicines you sent are helping people suffering from leprosy as well as many other patients in need. Twenty-four-year-old Sushma gave birth to her baby only six… Read More

Hope Amid the Rubble: Nepal One Year Later

One late Saturday morning in April, the earth suddenly began to shake and roll. Terrified people rushed into the street. Buildings crumbled. Dust and cries filled the air. The devastating April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and left more than four million without adequate shelter…. Read More

Good News of God at Work

Janani’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 23:1-2. This sweet girl received one of 192 Tamil Bibles that were handed out to enthusiastic residents of the Attur leprosy colony in India. Janani’s grandparents have been disabled by leprosy. When she grows up, Janani wants to be a doctor so she can… Read More

A Pair of Shoes Changes Everything

Leprosy can damage the feet, making walking impossible. But our special, protective shoes can change everything. Thanks to your compassionate support, dozens of people have received shoes in two districts of Côte d’Ivoire. These sturdy shoes allow people to walk without hurting their nerve-damaged feet. Then they can get around… Read More

Thank You for Giving

In this season of gratitude, we are especially grateful for your partnership. You are delivering the cure for leprosy to a young mother in Myanmar. You are providing life-changing care for a child suffering from Buruli ulcer in the DR Congo. And you are sharing the love of Jesus with… Read More

American Leprosy Missions Reaches GuideStar Gold

American Leprosy Missions has achieved the Gold GuideStar Non-Profit Profile Level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about non-profit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the non-profit sector. This level demonstrates American Leprosy Missions’ commitment to transparency and accountability. In order to be awarded the GuideStar… Read More

Vital Medical Supplies Sent to Poverty Zones

Your generous gifts are sending millions of dollars of medicine and medical supplies into poverty zones around the world so that people with leprosy and related diseases can receive treatment and care. These precious supplies include bandages, antibiotics, antiseptics and other medical supplies that doctors, nurses and health workers desperately… Read More

CEO Update and Estate Planning Conference Call

You’re Invited! Please join us on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) for a special conference call. First, you’ll get an update on exciting developments at American Leprosy Missions from President and CEO Bill Simmons. Then, you’ll receive free stewardship planning information to help you understand the critical issues… Read More

Spreading the Gospel in Nepal

Thanks to your compassionate support, the life-saving message of Jesus Christ is being shared with people throughout Nepal in new and creative ways. With your help, one of our local partners has been developing, printing and distributing gospel materials including a weekly television program and comic books for children, and… Read More

Leprosy Cases Linked to Armadillos on the Rise in Florida

In Florida, a recent increase in the number of leprosy cases linked to armadillos acts as a stark reminder that this ancient disease still exists, even in the U.S. All of the nine people diagnosed with leprosy in Florida this year have been in contact with armadillos. In 2011, a… Read More

Fighting a Flesh-Eating Disease in Africa

The flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer attacks children and adults, leaving open wounds and causing disabilities. In the DR Congo this terrible disease is disabling and marginalizing people every day. Working through our local partner hospital, American Leprosy Missions provides treatment for Buruli ulcer including reconstructive surgeries and pastoral care. Thanks to the… Read More

Donor Generosity Helps Thousands in Nepal Since April 25 Earthquake

American Leprosy Missions’ donors have helped support thousands of people in Nepal since an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck two months ago. On April 25, 2015, the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal causing widespread devastation. Donors’ gifts were mobilized to provide free medical care, counseling, shelter, food and… Read More

American Leprosy Missions Assists Victims of the Devastating Nepal Earthquakes

Update: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 When powerful earthquakes shook Nepal, you rushed to give compassionate support. Your gifts helped our two partner hospitals reach victims with emergency relief, humanitarian aid and medical care. More than four hundred people have received medical care and hundreds of families have received rice, blankets,… Read More

Noted Eye Doctor Margaret Brand Dies at Age 95

Pioneering leprosy expert and eye doctor Margaret Brand died on November 17, 2014, in Seattle, Washington. She and her surgeon husband, Dr. Paul Brand, dedicated their medical careers and their lives to people affected by leprosy. They dramatically impacted the care and treatment of leprosy patients and were instrumental in changing how the… Read More