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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy


The International Federation of Anti Leprosy Associations (ILEP) is a federation of 14 international non-governmental organisations. ILEP works to stop leprosy transmission, end disability due to leprosy and break barriers to inclusion for people affected by leprosy. Its work is supported by a Technical Commission of world experts on leprosy and an Advisory Panel of Women and Men affected by leprosy.

Members co-ordinate their work in 63 countries, where they spend some $60 million on 700 projects and around $US2.5 million per year on leprosy research. They work with some half a million girls and boys, women and men affected by leprosy, with ministries and the World Health Organization; with Novartis, which is providing anti-leprosy drugs for free; The Nippon Foundation and other philanthropic trusts; with NGOs and governments and with the support of some 500,000 individual donors. 

ILEP was founded in 1966. Members are AIFO Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau, American Leprosy Mission, Austrian Leprosy Relief Association, DAHW German Leprosy Relief Association, Damien Foundation Belgium, Fairmed Switzerland, Fontilles Spain, Fondation Raoul Follereau, France, Lepra UK, MUPD Associação Portuguesa de Solidariedade Mãos Unidas Padre Damião, Netherlands Leprosy Relief, Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, Secours aux Lépreux - Leprosy Relief Canada, and The Leprosy Mission International.