The Leprosy Mission (TLM) is an international Christian organisation which helps people affected by leprosy. Founded in 1874, The Leprosy Mission is the oldest and largest leprosy-focused organisation in the world today.
Leprosy affects people’s lives in many different ways, so they care for their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs. In their projects they concentrate on healthcare, community-based rehabilitation, prevention of disability, advocacy, capacity building, education, stigma reduction and occasionally on disaster response and preparedness. Leprosy is not understood by most communities and as a result people are fearful of it, which means those affected by leprosy are often stigmatised.
Leprosy Mission want to see a leprosy-free world. Their vision is for ‘leprosy defeated, lives transformed’. This is why their main focus is on leprosy, however, their work often includes other people with disabilities, other neglected tropical diseases, other marginalised people in society, and those living in extreme poverty.
Around the world they have about 2,000 staff and implement or support projects in more than 20 countries. The Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation supports several of their projects.