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New Report Warns of the Triple Jeopardy Facing Women and Girls with Leprosy

Women and girls with leprosy are discriminated against on grounds of gender, disability and leprosy stigma. American Leprosy Missions, the nation’s leading anti-leprosy organization, announces the release of a new report by ILEP, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations, of which it is a member. The new report – Triple… Read More

Novartis Foundation and American Leprosy Missions Launch Innovative Project to Stop Leprosy in Myanmar

The Novartis Foundation and the United States’ leading anti-leprosy organization, American Leprosy Missions, have launched a groundbreaking program in Myanmar to stop the transmission of leprosy. More than 230,000 new cases of leprosy are diagnosed each year around the world. While leprosy can be cured with a combination of three… Read More

American Occupational Therapist and Leprosy Expert Selected for Prestigious Damien-Dutton Award

Linda Lehman, American Leprosy Missions’ Senior Advisor for Morbidity Management & Disability Prevention, has been selected to receive the prestigious Damien-Dutton Award for 2014. Lehman has been selected for making a significant and lasting contribution to the global fight against leprosy. For more than three decades, she has traveled the… Read More

Nation’s Oldest Anti-Leprosy Organization Awarded USAID ASHA Grant

American Leprosy Missions, a global leader in the fight against leprosy, was recently awarded a three-year $763,000 grant from USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program for capital improvements at Lalgadh Leprosy Services Center in Nepal. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s ASHA program aims to increase the ability… Read More

American Leprosy Missions Provides Protective Gear in Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

(Greenville, S.C., August 7, 2014) — The nation’s leading voice in the fight to cure leprosy and related diseases and care for those affected by them is joining the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. To date, more than 900 people have died due to the killer virus. The… Read More

Celtic Thunder Partners with American Leprosy Missions on North American Mythology Tour

(Greenville, S.C., September 30, 2013)—Celtic Thunder launched the United States portion of their North American Mythology tour over the weekend with a concert in Buffalo, New York. There is an important cause on the minds of the band members this tour: helping people affected by leprosy. Throughout the tour, stopping… Read More

International Partnership Set to Change the Course of Leprosy Research

American Leprosy Missions Helps Launch Ground-Breaking Collaborative Venture (Greenville, S.C., September 17, 2013)—American Leprosy Missions, a global leader in the fight against leprosy, and its partners today announced the formation of the Leprosy Research Initiative at the 18th International Leprosy Congress in Brussels, Belgium. The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is the name of… Read More

The Last Mile in the Fight Against Leprosy

International Leprosy Summit Focuses on Overcoming Remaining Challenges Representatives from American Leprosy Missions, including CEO Bill Simmons, joined other leprosy experts and health ministers from eight countries at the International Leprosy Summit held July 24-26, 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Summit, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the… Read More

Leading Anti-Leprosy Organization Welcomes New International Staff Member

Dr. Emmy van der Grinten Joins American Leprosy Missions as Technical Consultant-Africa The South Carolina-based organization leading the global fight to cure and care for people with leprosy and related diseases is expanding its field staff with the hiring of a technical consultant for Africa. Joining American Leprosy Missions is… Read More