Learn About Leprosy

Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy. It causes nerve damage and muscle weakness that can lead to deformities, crippling, blindness and isolation. Many Americans think leprosy no longer exists, but it still occurs in more than 130 countries worldwide.

learn about leprosyLeprosy Statistics

  • 143 countries reported new cases of leprosy in 2016.
  • Four million people have disabilities as a result of leprosy.
  • 214,783 new cases were diagnosed and reported in 2016; many cases have not been detected or reported.
  • Approximately 10% of these new cases are in children.
  • 14 countries in Africa, Asia and South America accounted for 95% of all new cases of leprosy detected worldwide.
  • India, Brazil and Indonesia reported the most new cases of leprosy in 2016.
  • The U.S. reported 168 new cases of leprosy in 2016.

More About Leprosy

Full report on the current state of leprosy around the world: World Health Organization’s report — Global leprosy update, 2016

Leprosy textbook, sponsored by American Leprosy Missions, available online for free: International Textbook of Leprosy

Ten Steps health guide available for download: Ten Steps: A guide for health promotion and empowerment of people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases

How You Can Help

Leprosy persists in the poorest and most marginalized communities around the globe. If left untreated it can cause crippling disabilities. And affected people often face difficult lives of shame and isolation.

Join us in our mission to cure and care for children and adults suffering from leprosy and related diseases. Donate now to stop the suffering.