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.
- 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.
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 on the 2012 situation.
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.