Photos Woman affected by leprosy praying during a self-help group meeting in Nepal. Joan is receiving treatment for leprosy reaction at a hospital in the Philippines. Staff member Dr. Hugh Cross examines hands deformed by leprosy in Nepal. Leprosy destroys the body’s ability to feel pain which, without careful monitoring and protective shoes, can lead to wounds like this. American Leprosy Missions empowers the most vulnerable by helping communities establish self-help groups. This one meets on a rooftop in India. Treatment for Buruli ulcer is long and expensive. This little boy in the Ivory Coast is receiving daily injections of antibiotics at an American Leprosy Missions-supported hospital. Babita has a telltale patch on her cheek indicating that she has leprosy. Leprosy caused Kapinga’s hands to lose feeling, and they have become damaged. American Leprosy Missions ministers to thousands of people like Kapinga in the DR Congo. Five-year-old Nzumba has Buruli ulcer. Thankfully she has received treatment in time to save her eye. Leprosy causes insensitivity to pain in hands and feet. These men in Bangladesh have been taught to prevent disabilities by caring for their feet. Mr. Somsak has received a special bicycle that he moves by pumping the center lever with his hands. Zinhle is suffering from a painful reaction to the dead leprosy bacteria in her body. Filomina holds Multi-Drug Therapy, the cure for leprosy. American Leprosy Missions fights hunger and poverty with community development programs for people like Madaki who are affected by leprosy. Millions of people have disabilities as a result of leprosy. American Leprosy Missions provides protective shoes, wheelchairs, prostheses and special cooking utensils.