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The Leprosy Mission Australia Annual Report 2023 Is Here!

We are thrilled to announce our Annual Report for 2023! The report details our achievements, challenges and milestones over the year. We invite you to explore the insights, data and stories that make up our mission here at The Leprosy Mission Australia. Thank you for being a valued part of our community this year, and we hope you find great inspiration within our latest annual report.

Dr Greg Clarke to lead The Leprosy Mission Australia

The Board of The Leprosy Mission Australia (TLMA) has appointed experienced CEO, Dr Greg Clarke, as the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Mr Sheldon Rankin after nine years in the role.

 In announcing the appointment, Board Chair Ms Jennifer Ward said, “We are delighted to welcome Greg to the TLMA family. He brings rich and varied experience in the charity sector, media and publishing, and education, and we look forward to working together to further increase the impact of our work as we pursue our ‘Triple Zero’ vision—zero leprosy transmission, zero new disability, and zero discrimination by 2035.”

 Dr Clarke said, “I am thrilled to begin a new chapter with TLMA and honoured to build on the wonderful achievements during Sheldon’s tenure. Leprosy is a terrible disease, but treatment is readily available and it’s fair to say that the end is in sight for one of the oldest recorded human ailments. In particular, just as Jesus gave a special place to caring for people with leprosy, I look forward to urging churches and all compassionate people to help us eliminate it as soon as we can.”

Dr Clarke was the Group CEO of Bible Society Australia for nine years, growing the 200-year-old charity through acquisitions to become a prominent media company, publisher, book retailer and thought leader alongside its global charity work. He trained in the humanities, combined with theological studies, at two of Sydney’s major universities and at Moore Theological College. He also undertook executive education in not-for [1] profit organisational leadership at Harvard Business School and in ethical leadership at the University of Melbourne.

 Dr Clarke will commence work with TLMA on 5 September 2023.

See full press release below:

The Leprosy Mission Australia farewells retiring CEO with immeasurable thanks

The Leprosy Mission Australia (TLMA) today announced that Mr Sheldon Rankin is retiring as CEO after nine years of dedicated and impactful service.

Board Chair Ms Jennifer Ward said, “On behalf of the Board of The Leprosy Mission Australia, it is with immeasurable thanks that we farewell Sheldon to retirement. Sheldon came to our organisation with an impressive resume leading international for purpose causes over many decades and he has put that experience to outstanding use in leading our mission.”

See full press release below:

TLMA_Retiring CEO Media Release_at 310723_BP.docx

World Leprosy Sunday 2023 - TLMA Zoom sessions 

Sunday 29th January is World Leprosy Day. We are hosted THREE special Zoom events.

3pm AEDT an interview with Pius Ogbu Sunday recorded in Nigeria.

5pm AEDT Pius Ogbu Sunday LIVE from in Nigeria.

4pm AEDT Andrew Sithling from NLF(Nepal Leprosy Fellowship) LIVE from Nepal.

World Leprosy Day 2023 - Podcasts

To celebrate World Leprosy Day on 29th Jan your International Programs Officer Eva Lee was invited to join the "Awareness!" postcast to speak about leprosy. Easy listening and easy to understand Eva puts the current leprosy situation in context. Thank you Eva!" Why not sit back and take a listen?


In the lead up to World Leprosy Day your International Programs Manager Andrew Newmarch was interviewed by Vision Christian Radio's "20Twenty" with Neil Johnson last week to speak about the Challenges of Eradicating Leprosy. Andrew tells you the current state of leprosy in the world - it still exists, there's no vaccine - but what you can do to help. Thank you Andrew!" A valuable listen in order to stay up to date, informed and empowered to make a difference. Be the difference you want to see in the world! 

OUT NOW Annual Report 2022

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The Leprosy Mission Australia in Timor Leste

The video below shows the inauguration of the borehole for a vulnerable community of people with leprosy and disability in Dili - Timor Leste to improve their access to clean water. 

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Make Zero Leprosy Your Legacy TVC

Community Service Announcement for Television: 30 seconds.

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Interview with Brent Morgan

Brent Morgan is the International Director of The Leprosy Mission. He talks about what causes leprosy, the importance of protective shoes for people affected by leprosy and how you can help make a difference.

Download the interview (3:37)
Download the interview – extended version (6:17)

List of interview questions

Giving Shoes Day Interview with Nicolle Macaitis

Nicolle Macaitis is an Australian physiotherapist and Leprosy Mission supporter based in South Australia.

Download grab – Part 1 (00:30)
Download grab – Part 2 (00:25)

Download transcript

Giving Shoes Day Interview with Judy Satish

Judy Satish is an Australian podiatrist and Leprosy Mission supporter based in Queensland.

Download grab – Part 1 (00:24)
Download grab – Part 2 (00:08)

Download transcript

Community Service Announcement – Protective Shoes 2020

In the world’s poorest countries, one person is diagnosed with leprosy every two minutes!

But for many the damage is already done and they need protective shoes to prevent further, permanent disability.

Things like working in the fields or collecting water from a well barefoot are dangerous.

Protective shoes can be the difference between self-sufficiency and deeper poverty.

You can help Save 10,000 Soles and give someone affected by leprosy protective shoes this Christmas. Go to

Download the CSA here.

Relief Packages Urgently Needed – August 2017

Flash floods and landslides have swept across southern Nepal. Claiming more than 100 lives. Others are still missing.  60,000 families are displaced because their homes are under water.

  • Provide relief packs directly to communities affected
  • Support The Leprosy Mission’s work in Nepal

Download Press Release here

Riding The Top End for Leprosy – August 2017

Mike Patmore, 78, is currently making an ambitious solo bike ride from Alice Springs to Darwin – 1,500 km across Australia’s Northern territory to raise funds.

  • Get behind Mike as he transforms the lives of people affected by leprosy and disability
  • Support The Leprosy Mission’s work in Myanmar

Download Press Release here

Annapurna Trek to Defeat Leprosy - Nov 2017

Trek Annapurna and have a life-transforming experience for you and people affected by leprosy.

  • Challenge to walk the Annapurna Trek in Nepal
  • Help transform the lives of people affected by leprosy

Download Press Release here

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