What We Do

Our vision is leprosy defeated, lives transformed. In order to transform the lives of persons affected by leprosy, we are committed to supporting sustainable livelihoods.

Transforming lives with sustainable livelihoods

People affected by leprosy are often among the poorest and most marginalised in their communities, with the age-old stigma associated with the disease leading to their exclusion.

Left out of community gatherings and prevented from accessing community resources – people affected by leprosy can find it hard to participate in economic, social, and political life.

As part of our commitment to seeing zero discrimination against people affected by leprosy, The Leprosy Mission campaigns against this, and works to improve livelihoods – we want people affected by leprosy to be confidently standing up for their rights.

We partner with other organisations in key areas of poor housing, unsafe water and limited access to health and education – making sure people affected by leprosy are included.

Our livelihoods work includes:

Skills Training

Offering people affected by leprosy the opportunity to develop skills to make a living – farming and agriculture, mechanics, electrics, computing, and much more.


A small loan provided to buy items such as livestock, a sewing machine, or agricultural tools – to enable people affected by leprosy to develop an income and support themselves.

Self-Help Groups

These enable leprosy and disability affected people to save money together and build up mutual confidence to advocate for themselves.

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Self-Care Groups

These practical groups allow people affected by leprosy to learn together how to prevent the development or worsening wounds, ulcers and other injuries caused by leprosy.

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Disabled Peoples' Organisations

We work to integrate people affected by leprosy who have a disability into Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) so that they can receive support and have a greater voice when talking to local and national governments.

Socio-Economic Rehabilitation (SER2) – Education Program
Socio-Economic Rehabilitation (SER2) – Education Program

The SER (Socio-Economic Rehabilitation) Education Program aims to support 100 students (from primary school through to college) with scholarships to contribute to school fees, uniforms and supplies. Students are either directly affected or the dependents of people affected by leprosy or disability.

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