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Learn About
the Disease

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease is a curable infectious disease that mainly affects the skin and peripheral nerves.

About Leprosy

Learn About
the Projects

Countless efforts have been made to bring an end to this age-old disease and related issues.


Books and Publications

  • No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man’s Quest for a Leprosy-Free World
    Yohei Sasakawa(2019)
  • My Struggle against Leprosy
    Yohei Sasakawa(2019)
  • WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s News Letter
  • A New Atlas of Leprosy: A pictorial manual to assist frontline health workers and volunteers in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of leprosy
  • Good Practices in Strengthening Participation of Persons Affected by Leprosy in Leprosy Services
    ILEP and SMHF (2018)
  • Leprosy: A Short History, Centre for Global Health Histories
    University of York(2016)
  • Tribute: Remembering Dr. Yo Yuasa
    SMHF (2016)
  • A Life Fighting Leprosy
    Yo Yuasa (2015)

Learn About
the History

Through the ages, people all over the world were condemned to live under cruel and inhumane conditions because of the disease.

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Share the Messages

Leprosy is curable
Treatment is free
Discrimination has no place

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Leprosy Day

The last Sunday in every January is World Leprosy Day, the day that the world calling for an end to leprosy related problems.
For the greater awareness, join us on SNS and in events in many places of the world.

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