The Leprosy Mission

The Leprosy Mission is a Christian charity dedicated to the treatment and care of leprosy sufferers wordldwide with the assistance of local churches and Christians.

Its mission is to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy; working with them to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy.

The Leprosy Mission is a leading Christian development organisation, founded in 1874 by Wellesley Bailey. The Mission works with leprosy-affected communities in around 30 countries. This work includes medical detection and treatment, education, development, rehabilitation, rights awareness, housing, advocacy and social justice.

Leprosy is most prevalent in poor communities. It is easily curable with multidrug therapy, a combination of antibiotics taken for six to 12 months. Sadly, because of continuing stigma, many people still hesitate to seek help when symptoms first occur. A large part of The Leprosy Mission's work involves community health care and education to combat this. Leprosy is a human rights issue, so our work also goes beyond medical support.

The Leprosy Mission's international family is made up of 28 implementing and supporting national councils. We employ more than 2,000 national and international field staff, partnering with other non-government organisations, churches and government agencies. Our work in the field is regarded very highly in the countries where we operate. We are reliant on contributions and prayer support from individuals, churches, trusts, legacies and government agencies to continue our work.

Rickmansworth Baptist Church supports The Leprosy Mission through our retiring offering during Sunday morning worship for two months each year.

If you would like to make a Gift Aid declaration with your giving to The Leprosy Mission, please contact the Treasurer.

Keith Wall, 27/11/2009