Leprosy

2020 Target

Global elimination

Global burden

The disease most frequently impacts people in their peak ages of productivity, rather than the very young or old. People suffering from leprosy experience serious discrimination impacting their chances of employment and reducing their income.

Leprosy is a bacterial infection that causes severe and disfiguring damage to the skin, peripheral nerves, lining of the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and other organs. Roughly 200,000 cases are reported each year, across 17 countries.

Strategy for Elimination / Eradication / Control

Early detection is critical to successfully controlling the disease. The standard treatment is multidrug antibiotic therapy with rifampicin, clofazimine, and dapsone.

Global elimination is defined as fewer than one case per 10,000 people.