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Individuals are affected by leprosy in 41 countries of the WHO African Region. Africa has more than 30,000 people on treatment every year. These 41 countries report more than 20,000 new cases annually. In recent years, the number of new patients who already have disabilities at diagnosis is 14%. We need to accelerate early screening to find those affected before the onset of disabilities.
The increasing number of relapses and the high proportion of new cases with disabilities are the significant challenges of the coming years. In Africa, the priority countries are Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania.

To better understand the situation of a recipient country, we take into account its HDI ranking compared to the rest of the world. The Human Development Index (HDI) is published by the United Nations Development Programme. The HDI combines three dimensions: Life expectancy at birth — Education Index in years of schooling — Standard of living.

Another indicator to understand the countries we are helping is the percentage of the population living below the poverty line. The World Bank defines the extreme poverty line at US$1.90 per day, per person.

Africa 2020   -   6 countries   -   7 projects   


HDI ranking 187/187  - Life Expectancy  54 years  - 38.4 % below the extreme poverty line


One project. Partner: Follereau Foundation
Budget 2020: $22,200
Leprosy Control program and reduction of the burden of leprosy caused by complications. Ignorance and taboos disadvantage socio-economic integration and delay early diagnosis of leprosy. The main purpose of this project is Zero transmission.


Democratic Republic of Congo

HDI ranking 179/187 - Life Expectancy 60.4 years - 76.6 % below the extreme poverty line


One project. Partner: Damien Foundation
Budget 2020: $47,360 
Program for the control of leprosy and prevention of disabilities in the Central Eastern Province (Upper Uele). 13,000 individuals are supervised annually by health workers in this program.The two main objectives of this project are to achieve Zero Transmission and Zero Disabilities.
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HDI ranking 178/187  - Life Expectancy 58 years  - 69.3 % below the extreme poverty line

One project. Partner: Amici di Raoul Follereau
Budget 2020: $22,200
Countrywide support to the Leprosy Control Program and the Cumura Referral Center. This referral center is for reactions and complications after surgical rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy. This project covers all three strategic goals: Zero Transmission, Zero Disabilities, and Zero Discrimination.



HDI ranking 162/187  - Life Expectancy 66.7 years  - 70.7 % below the extreme poverty line


Two projects. Partners: Follereau Foundation and Filles de la Charité
Budget 2020: $44,400
Technical and financial support to the national leprosy program and many local centers to provide health services to people affected by leprosy. One project also offers training sessions for health workers to increase detection and provide quality treatment. The main goal of these projects is Zero transmission.


HDI ranking 180/187  - Life Expectancy 60.2 years  - 62.4 % below the extreme poverty line


One project. Partner: Amici di Raoul Follereau
Budget 2020: $74,000
Support the Leprosy Control Program in Manica province to reduce the burden of leprosy in the communities. The program also works to improve social inclusion of people affected by leprosy. These projects cover all three strategic goals: Zero Transmission, Zero Disabilities, and Zero Discrimination.



HDI ranking 166/187  - Life Expectancy 67.7 years  - 38 % below the extreme poverty line


One project. Partner: DAHW
Budget 2020: $66,600
Activities are linked to Community-based Rehabilitation to support the integration of people affected by leprosy into the communities. A change in mentality and advocacy for people with disabilities is required to achieve social inclusion. The main goal of this project is Zero Discrimination.



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