Tackle Disease

We support the WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme and leprosy elimination activities in various countries. We also carry out advocacy work with the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.

Leprosy is a curable infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. If detected and treated early, disability can be prevented. Leprosy still occurs in more than 120 countries, but most cases are found in just three: India, Brazil and Indonesia. Approximately 200,000 new cases are reported worldwide each year.

Leprosy control activities aimed at early detection and treatment continue to be needed. In 2021, the WHO Global Leprosy Programme (GLP) issued Towards zero leprosy: Global Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) Strategy 2021-2030. It also collects and analyzes data on leprosy in each country. Sasakawa Health Foundation supports the work of the GLP and, through the GLP, leprosy control activities in different countries.

We also engage in advocacy, working with the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination to encourage action at the political level in each country.