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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

American Leprosy Missions Announces Another New Hire

Darren Schaupp to Join International Non-Profit as Director of Program Operations The nation’s oldest and largest Christian, anti-leprosy organization is expanding its team with the hiring of a director of program operations. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ fight to cure and care for people with leprosy and related diseases is Darren… Read More

New Campaign Offers Hope for Victims of Flesh-eating Disease

American Leprosy Missions commits supplies and dollars to disease A disease most people have never heard of has devastated areas in the West African nation of Ghana. Buruli ulcer is an infectious disease that can lead to both physical and emotional scarring. But a new campaign offers hope for the… Read More

Nation’s Oldest Anti-Leprosy Organization Welcomes New Hire

Gary Fischer Joins South Carolina-Based American Leprosy Missions as Chief Development Officer The nation’s leading voice in the fight to cure leprosy and related diseases and care for those affected by them is strengthening its team with the hiring of a new chief development officer. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ work… Read More

Leprosy Among Diseases Targeted by New Global Initiative

Groups Unite to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases In late January 2012, leaders of government, public and private health groups and major drug companies gathered in London to launch a global initiative to control or eradicate 10 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including leprosy. American Leprosy Missions has officially endorsed the initiative,… Read More