The economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a significant increase in the need for humanitarian aid and social protection measures. Persons affected by leprosy have been especially impacted by the worst consequences of the pandemic, due to preexisting vulnerabilities and economic precarity.
Governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and organizations of persons affected by leprosy have enacted policies and programmes intended to support persons affected during this crisis, although there are still gaps. To support the effectiveness of these interventions, and to help raise awareness of resources available to persons affected, the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s COVID-19 Emergency Advocacy Working Group and UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members Alice Cruz, gathered data on available programmes and resources. The following information was gathered through an online questionnaire from 100+ persons affected and partners, representing 24 countries.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
The situation in countries regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing. This page will be regularly updated. If you have an update or correction to this information, please contact us.
Interested in further information about COVID-19 response in these and other countries?
View these articles from our partners and other organizations:
“Caring Through the Coronavirus Crisis” from The Leprosy Mission Scotland
“Coronavirus Response” from American Leprosy Missions
“COVID-19 Emergency Appeal Update” from Lepra
“COVID-19: Leprosy or tuberculosis patients at risk” from Action Damien
“Liberia: How Ebola prepared us for COVID-19” from effect:hope
“Our response to COVID-19” from the Leprosy Mission International
Social Protection Responses to COVID-19 Crisis around the World data dashboard from the International Labour Organization
“Supporting Persons Affected by Hansen’s Disease during the Coronavirus Pandemic” from the Sasakawa Health Foundation