Learn About Leprosy

Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy. It causes nerve damage and muscle weakness that can lead to deformities, crippling, blindness and isolation. Many Americans think leprosy no longer exists, but it still occurs in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Learn about leprosy symptoms and treatment and the history of leprosy.

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

learn about leprosyLeprosy Statistics

  • 103 countries reported cases of leprosy in 2013.
  • 13 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.
  • 14 countries in Africa, Asia and South America accounted for 96% of all new cases of leprosy detected worldwide in 2013.
  • India, Brazil and Indonesia reported the most new cases of leprosy in 2013.

More About Leprosy

For a full report on the current state of leprosy around the world, read the World Health Organization’s report — Global leprosy update, 2013.

How You Can Help

Leprosy persists in the poorest and most marginalized communities around the globe. If left untreated it can cause crippling disabilities. And affected people often face difficult lives of shame and isolation.

Join us in our mission to cure and care for children and adults suffering from leprosy and related diseases. Donate now to stop the suffering.