The Leprosy Mission looks to ‘Heal Nepal’ with latest campaign

27 January 2019

By working directly with the world’s flagship leprosy hospital – the Anandaban Hospital in Nepal – The Leprosy Mission hope to rid Nepal of the disease through its latest campaign.

The Peterborough-based charity launches its ‘Heal Nepal’ on Sunday 27 January – World Leprosy Day – and as a UK Aid Match appeal donations will be doubled by the UK government.

“Leprosy is so very misunderstood and stigmatised in Nepal with many people hiding the early signs of the disease for fear of being cast out of their families, jobs and communities. This is tragic as they then go on to develop life-long disabilities,” says Head of Programmes at The Leprosy Mission, Siân Arulanantham.

Funds raised through Heal Nepal will enable outreach teams to find people with leprosy and get them the treatment they need at the Anandaban Hospital.

‘Heal Nepal will not only improve the health and dignity of thousands of people living with leprosy, it will also mean that female community volunteers receive medical training to diagnose and manage the illness in some of the country’s most remote areas,’ says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt.*

For more information on ‘Heal Nepal’, go to the website.

*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Anne-Marie Trevelyan .