World Day of Persons with Disabilities

On World Disability Day (3 December), we thought fondly of the millions of people who have become disabled because of a late-diagnosed, neglected leprosy condition. Their misery is even greater! This should not be happening if all infected people were diagnosed and treated with medication in time! - However, in our mission institutions, we do not only deal with people with disabilities caused by leprosy. The door and care is open to all our fellow human beings who are disabled due to birth defects or any other cause! In many countries, people with disabilities are denied their basic human rights and care is not available to them. That is why the Lepramissiion considers them as one of us, because love and help cannot be limited!

The picture shows a disabled girl at a leprosy hospital in Myanmar, where she is receiving advanced developmental therapy. Her face is painted according to local folklore.

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On a ditch, on a bush

Through ditches, bushes, hills, valleys, rivers and ravines, our Congolese staff are on their way to carry out the leprosy screening programme we support.


Regular help

In our village and in the area, there was a very strong antipathy towards leprosy patients. The Leprosy Mission staff changed this with regular help.