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Projects in India

India is the second most populous country in the world after China.

Almost 70% of the population of India live in rural areas, meaning many communities lack sufficient health services, education and sanitation, making them more vulnerable to diseases.

The world's highest prevalence of leprosy

India claims the majority of leprosy cases globally. In 2022, 60% of the world’s 103,819 newly diagnosed leprosy cases were in India and it is estimated that around two million more are living with the long-term effects of the disease.

Prejudice against people affected by leprosy still persists in India, and there are still many laws which discriminate against people, which adds further barriers to early detection and treatment.

Where we work

We work in eight states of India including Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Maharashtra, MP, Odisha, AP, Telangana, some of which are the most populous and most endemic states in the country.

In areas where government services need additional support, we help provide specialist detection and treatment services so that people do not resort to seeking treatment from unqualified and unregulated village ‘doctors’ and traditional healers.

We also work in collaboration with the government, national and international organisations to ensure people have access to good quality healthcare and are not discriminated against because of their health status.

Lepra's Programmes in 2022-23

Our projects 

You can find out more information about some of our specific projects in India by clicking the link below: