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World Leprosy Day 2017

Early diagnosis needed to prevent ‘scandal’ of leprosy in girls and boys, as disabilities from the disease rise American Leprosy Missions and the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP), are calling for more active detection and early diagnosis of leprosy to prevent boys and girls from developing lifelong disabilities associated… Read More

Nation’s Oldest Anti-Leprosy Organization Welcomes New International Staff Member

The South Carolina-based organization working to cure and care for people with leprosy and related diseases is adding to its program staff with the hiring of a new regional director for Asia. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ work is Sunil Anand of India. A leprosy expert and medical doctor, Anand comes with… Read More

International Textbook of Leprosy Now Available Online

New Book Provides Critical Resources Free of Charge The International Textbook of Leprosy, sponsored by American Leprosy Missions, is now available online at It draws on the expertise of dozens of medical and scientific experts in the field of leprosy and is edited by the Director of the National… Read More

American Leprosy Missions Celebrates Grand Opening of First Thrift Store

Mission Thrift Proceeds to Benefit People Affected by Leprosy and Related Diseases American Leprosy Missions is delighted to announce the grand opening of its first thrift store, Mission Thrift, located at 300 South Polk Street in Pineville, North Carolina. The 10,000-square-foot store will open on Friday, August 26, 2016 at… Read More

American Leprosy Missions Hires Director of Program Development

The United States’ leading anti-leprosy organization is strengthening its team with the hiring of a director of program development. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ work of bringing hope and healing to people suffering from leprosy and related diseases is Maye Saephanh. She comes to American Leprosy Missions with 15 years of… Read More

New Program Staff Member Joins American Leprosy Missions

The nation’s leading voice in the fight to cure leprosy and related diseases and care for those affected by them is expanding its team with the hiring of a program development officer. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ work of bringing hope and healing to people affected by leprosy is Katie Skelton…. Read More

American Leprosy Missions and ILEP Call for End to Leprosy-Related Disabilities in Children by 2020

Leprosy is still being transmitted to children Children are suffering from lifelong disabilities caused by leprosy Proactive, early detection and treatment of leprosy must be an international priority, to prevent leprosy being transmitted to children and disabilities developing In honor of World Leprosy Day on January 31, 2016, Bill Simmons,… Read More

American Leprosy Missions Announces Management Team Changes

The nation’s leading voice in the fight to cure and care for people affected by leprosy and related diseases today announced two management team changes. James Oehrig, chief program officer, is taking on the role of vice president of integral mission, effective December 1, 2015. In this newly created role,… Read More

Ten Steps Comprehensive Guide for Health Promotion and Empowerment Published

Training Guide Addresses Issues Common to Many Neglected Tropical Diseases American Leprosy Missions has developed and published a training guide to address health issues common to many Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and other health conditions. Ten Steps: A guide for health promotion and empowerment of people affected by Neglected Tropical… Read More

Charity Navigator Awards American Leprosy Missions with 4-Star Rating

Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded American Leprosy Missions the prestigious 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The rating indicates that American Leprosy Missions “adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical… Read More