American Leprosy Missions is committed to bringing an END to leprosy by developing a leprosy vaccine that will stop this terrible disease before it even starts.
Since 2002, we have been partnering with the non-profit Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in Seattle, Washington to develop a leprosy vaccine. American Leprosy Missions has invested more than $4 million into vaccine research and development.
Why is a leprosy vaccine needed?
- Leprosy remains one of the most dreaded diseases in the world, a disease that isolates and shames its victims.
- More than four million people in the world suffer from leprosy-related disabilities.
- Immunizations are the most cost-effective way to eliminate disease.
What is the current status of the leprosy vaccine?
Thanks to the generous support of people like you, a leprosy vaccine has been developed. And now, the next phase of this huge project begins.
Now the vaccine is being manufactured in a large enough quantity for further testing. Toxicology studies are being completed. Then the vaccine will be ready for safety studies in healthy human volunteers.
Then the vaccine will be ready for testing in endemic countries. And soon, just think — children and adults who are vulnerable to leprosy will be spared the suffering and isolation that this disease inflicts. Donate now to help us END leprosy.
Leprosy vaccine in the news
Trial Set for World’s First Leprosy Vaccine, published in the Guardian on June 6, 2014
Can Leprosy Be Eradicated? published in Slate on February 20, 2013 about the leprosy vaccine and rapid diagnostic test
Join us – Together we can End Leprosy NOW
By God’s grace and with your partnership, a vaccine will be able to spare children like Prenka the devastation and heartbreak of leprosy. Read Prenka’s story and donate now to stop the suffering for children like her.