Charity information


We are a UK-based international charity working to beat leprosy, a disease that affects millions of vulnerable people across the world.

If left untreated it causes life-changing disabilities and stigma that destroys lives. But it is curable and with more support we can help even more people to overcome this disease and rebuild their lives.

Founded 1924

  • Mission statement

    Our vision is reach a day when leprosy no longer destroys lives, making sure it is easily diagnosed and treated, causes no disability and attracts no stigma. Our purpose is to beat leprosy and give people affected by leprosy the knowledge, support and skills they need to transform their lives.

    We work with communities in Bangladesh, India and Mozambique, to treat, educate, rehabilitate and amplify the voices of people affected by leprosy. Many of our projects are in remote, underdeveloped areas, where people have very limited access to healthcare.

    Our work delivers real change to people’s lives – whether it is providing children with the treatment to allow them to return to school free from leprosy and disability, or giving adults the skills needed to set up a new business when a leprosy-related disability prevents them returning to their previous job.

    Last year (2015 – 2016) we reached nearly 280,000 people directly through diagnosis, treatment and care. We reached a further 1. 9 million people through health education and events to raise awareness of diseases.

  • Overview

    Established: January 1924

    Registered Charity Number: 213251

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 19

    Part time staff: 26

    Volunteers: 4

    Phone number: 01206 216 700

    Address: 28 Middleborough Colchester CO1 1TG

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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