Learn About Leprosy

Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy. Often believed to have been eradicated, leprosy still occurs in more than 100 countries worldwide and is also known as Hansen’s Disease.

But the good news is that leprosy is curable! A person can be cured from leprosy for just $348.

Learn About LeprosyLeprosy Statistics

  • 115 countries reported cases of leprosy in 2012.
  • 3 to 4 million people have disabilities as a result of leprosy.
  • Nearly 250,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, and many more go undetected.
  • Approximately 10% of these new cases are in children.
  • 6,231 more new cases of leprosy were detected in 2012 than in 2011.
  • 16 countries in Africa, Asia and South America accounted for 95% of all new cases of leprosy detected worldwide in 2012.
  • India, Brazil and Indonesia reported the most new cases of leprosy in 2012.

Find out more about leprosy symptoms and treatment and learn about the history of leprosy.

Or, download a fact sheet about leprosy and Buruli ulcer.

Leprosy and Buruli ulcer persist in the poorest and most marginalized communities around the globe. These two, related diseases can both cause crippling disabilities. And affected people often face difficult lives of shame and isolation.

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