Wellesye and Alice Bailey

International Leprosy Mission

It was founded by a wealthy Irish man, Wellesley Cosby Bailey (1846-1937) and his wife Alice Graham. In his youth, Bailey often visited India and enjoyed the enchanting beauty and riches of the 'fabulous East'.

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Our vision for the future

We want people with leprosy to be cured and to live happy lives, so that leprosy can be eradicated from human history. We want to play an active role in making this happen.

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Our mission statement

We are certain that we Hungarians must also contribute to solving the pains of humanity with our own means. It is a joy to give, it is good to do good! People are changed by our help!

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Who are we?

A Christian charity founded in Hungary in 1974, which aims to cure the world's most destitute leprosy patients, to restore their lives, restore their dignity and uplift themselves and their families.

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Frequently asked questions

Infectious? Would we catch leprosy if we were among the sick? Is it hereditary? A fatal disease? How long does it take to develop? Can leprosy be prevented? Find the answers in this article.

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Leprosy today

Unfortunately, millions of people in Asia, Africa and South America still suffer from leprosy today! 80% of the world's leprosy patients live in India.

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Leprosy in the past

It is one of the oldest diseases of mankind. 1750 BC: The Code of Hammurabi mentions that "lepers are to be excluded from society".

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Curing leprosy

Yes, leprosy is now curable! The cure for leprosy has been greatly accelerated. Within 24 hours of starting to take the medicine, the infection in the body stops. The good news of a cure is very hard to spread.

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The grandfather was sick,...

Shame stamp

For thousands of years, the stigma has been the greatest emotional pain for people with leprosy and their relatives. The stigma is a far greater pain than the disease itself!

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Symptoms of leprosy

The most common outward symptom of leprosy in the early stages is a change in skin colour, with light patches appearing on dark skin. The pathogen first attacks the most delicate nerve endings: the sensory nerves close to the skin surface.

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Description of leprosy

Leprosy is one of the oldest afflictions of mankind, but it is still with us today. Today, every two minutes someone on Earth is diagnosed with leprosy, and every fifth is a child!

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Every year on the last Sunday of January, the adults, children and even the youngest, the kindergarten children of the Dadi Reformed Parish commemorate the World Leprosy Day.

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In January 2014, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our organisation and the 140th anniversary of the International Lepramis Society, we launched a drawing competition in two age groups.

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