HuffPost traveled to Congo to document efforts to fight this deadly disease.
Much more can be done to fight them.
One of the questions I'm asked quite a lot as Chief Executive of international NGO, Lepra, is why we provide support to India
Researchers spend years looking for them, testing them, perfecting them before medical practitioners get to implement them in real life. I'm talking about cures. They've discovered one for malaria and for TB, and they're still working on one for cancer.
In the UK, when you're sick you go to the doctor and expect a swift and accurate diagnosis. It is rare to be told that your symptoms are unheard of or to be given a completely incorrect diagnosis. In many countries though, this is commonplace, especially when it comes to lesser known diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.
I welcome today's Westminster Hall debate. It is important that we have an open discussion about UK aid. I am proud of the many positive things which aid has delivered but I am determined that we provide both accountability and value for money.
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.
Of all the headlines coming out of America so far this year, the one that excited me most was President Barack Obama's bold
Working in the field of international development it's all too easy to get bogged down in the complexities of running programmes
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.