Leprosy

Mobile Technology Used for the First Time to Beat Leprosy

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Sarah Nancollas

The innovative use of free software and some internal crafting of questions has allowed us to process this at low cost. Further funding for the mobile phones and training could help us to scale this further and ultimately change more lives.

Back to Basics: The Power of WASH Projects

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

Working in the field of international development it's all too easy to get bogged down in the complexities of running programmes overseas. Looking at ...

When Being a Woman Affects Your Access to Healthcare

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

A number of leprosy patients are outcast and shunned but as a woman, it can get a whole lot worse, something I have seen as a result of the work we do. Women are often unable to marry, cannot find work and suffer from domestic abuse.

A Lepra Love Story

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

In keeping with February's theme of love I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight an inspiring story from our Lepra community. This is the story of Ghasiram and Lochhi Khilla, a couple from the state of Odisha in India.

Leprosy Is Still Being Transmitted to Children and Children Are Suffering From Lifelong Disabilities Caused by Leprosy

Katharine Jones | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Katharine Jones

With the commitment of national leprosy programmes, together with support from partner agencies and active involvement of people affected by leprosy, the goal of a world without leprosy could finally be achieved.

Pre-Conceived Ideas - We All Have Them

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

I was visiting the Cuttack Leprosy Hospital and Home, a government facility that Lepra supports to provide high quality reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation for people living with disabilities as a result of leprosy.

Halloween Medical Marvels

Carla Valentine | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Carla Valentine

It's only natural that we begin to consider monsters at this time of year: Halloween is upon us and vampires, witches and skeletons haunt the windows ...

Triple Jeopardy: Three Ways Women and Girls Face Discrimination on International Women's Day

Marie Staunton | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Marie Staunton

Women and girls face discrimination due to gender, potential disabilities and stigma - a triple jeopardy. According to UNDP, girls and women affected by leprosy make up some of the world's poorest and most marginalised groups, disproportionately affected by poverty, illiteracy and lack of education which act as barriers to seeking health treatment. Women and girls with leprosy and those affected by other neglected tropical diseases have the right to health care and the barriers to that stop this must be addressed.

World Leprosy Day 2013: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Stigma

Veronique Mistiaen | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK
Veronique Mistiaen

This Sunday was World Leprosy Day 2013, but few people are likely to take notice. Few might even know that leprosy still exists today. But it does: it affects more than 15 million people across the world and each year nearly a quarter of a million new cases are detected: that is almost one person diagnosed every two minutes - the time to read this blog post.

Working to End Discrimination

Yohei Sasakawa | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK
Yohei Sasakawa

Discrimination comes in many different forms - but the discrimination we are addressing in London today concerns a disease, leprosy, which goes back to biblical times and, until the early 1980s, was - like HIV AIDs - thought to be incurable.

Aardman's Armless Fun? Leprosy Charity LEPRA Disagrees

Howard Lake | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Howard Lake

A video trailer for Aardman and Sony Picture Entertainment's new film The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists! has been criticised for its "poor taste" by national leprosy charity LEPRA Health in Action for its depiction of people with leprosy.