Using Religious Leaders as a Platform for Zero Leprosy and Zero Discrimination

Despite 80% of people worldwide self-identifying as having a religious faith and despite the acknowledged influence of religion on attitudes and practices of communities around the world, faith groups are usually not mobilised in leprosy programmes.  As religious leaders and religious beliefs can be very influential in either perpetuating stigma or tackling it, this model shows a positive way of engaging and harnessing religious sentiment in a three-way partnership with leprosy-focused organisations, inter-faith leaders, and the national leprosy programme in Sri Lanka.

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