Our triple-zero vision will not be achieved through funding alone. Our approach to resource mobilization and advocacy includes championing progress toward leprosy targets and commitments to upholding human rights, ensuring that no one is left behind. By aligning the many voices of the leprosy community, we form a powerful force for change. Our resource mobilization and advocacy strategy supports the uptake of the Zero Leprosy Research Agenda, effective leprosy prevention and control activities at the country level, use of GPZL tools and best practices, and prioritization of leprosy on the international stage.

Advocacy Resources

  • Fact sheet: COVID-19 Crisis and Persons Affected by Leprosy

    Persons affected by leprosy have been especially impacted by the worst consequences of the pandemic, due to preexisting vulnerabilities and economic precarity.

  • Progress Toward Zero Leprosy

    New global leprosy data shows the path to disease elimination. This resource illustrates leprosy prevalence, recent successes, current challenges, and action needed to achieve further progress toward zero leprosy.

  • The COVID-19 Crisis and Persons Affected by Leprosy: Questionnaire Results

    The following information was gathered through an online questionnaire from 100+ persons affected and partners, representing 24 countries.

    Source: Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy
  • Lettera aperta al Ministro degli Affari Esteri Luigi Di Maio, redatta da una rete informale e globale di persone affette dalla lebbra

    Open letter to Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, written by an informal, global network of people affected by leprosy, in response to his recent public comments. 


Advocacy News

Côte d’Ivoire: Zero Leprosy by 2030

On June 1 and 2 in Abidjan, a major advocacy and resource mobilization meeting took place to achieve an objective: zero leprosy in Côte d’Ivoire. These two days were a success and resulted in the signing of the “Abidjan Declaration.” The Raoul Follereau Foundation is, … Read More >

UN Special Rapporteur calls for input from persons affected by Hansen’s disease

The next report of the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly will focus on the national legal protections available for persons affected by Hansen’s disease. More specifically, the Special Rapporteur will focus on the rights provided for in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

World Leprosy Day 2022: Events Around the World

World Leprosy Day is recognized internationally on the last Sunday of January to increase public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. This year it was celebrated on 30 January 2022. Organizations of persons affected by leprosy and leprosy community partners traditionally organize in-person … Read More >

Open letter to Bishop David Oyedepo in response to stigmatizing comments about leprosy 

The following is an open letter from Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria, an organization of women and children affected by Hansen’s disease, to Bishop David Oyedepo in response to his stigmatizing comments about leprosy. Dear Bishop David Oyedepo, As a Nigerian organization of people who have … Read More >

Guam proclaims January “Leprosy Awareness Month”

On 21 January 2022, Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Joshua F. Tenorio of Guam signed a proclamation establishing January as Leprosy Awareness Month and January 30, 2022, as World Leprosy Day. The Virtual Proclamation Signing Ceremony was broadcast on the Governor’s Facebook … Read More >

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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is a celebration of the leprosy community and an opportunity to raise public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease.

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