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During the past five years, the average detection of new leprosy cases in the African Continent has been about 30,000 per year. The proportion of the severe form of the disease, called multi-bacillary, represents 66% of new cases in Africa. The proportion of children among new cases is 9%. 11% of the individuals newly affected by leprosy already suffer from non-reversible physical damage when diagnosed.

Leprosy complications which result in irreversible disabilities affect about one million people in Africa, often, the most vulnerable populations living in poor rural areas in low-income countries. The disease constitutes a source of social stigma, discrimination, and poverty. Ninety percent of beggars in cities of Africa are cured leprosy individuals with an irreversible disability.

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.

The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) measures poverty based on income and by adding other indicators. Some indicators are child mortality, malnutrition, years of schooling, a household without electricity and the lack of assets.

Africa 2017   -   6 countries   -   8 projects   


HDI ranking 185/187  - Life Expectancy  51.6 years  - Poverty MPI 86.9%


One project. Partner: Follereau Foundation
Budget 2017: $ 21 450
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 176/187 - Life Expectancy 58.7 years - Poverty MPI 72.5%


One project. Partner: Damien Foundation
Budget 2017: $ 45 760
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 55.2 years  - Poverty MPI 80.4%


One project. Partner: Amici di Raoul Follereau
Budget 2017: $ 21 450
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 154/187  - Life Expectancy 65.1 years  - Poverty MPI 77%


Two projects. Partners: Follereau Foundation and Filles de la Charité
Budget 2017: $ 42 900
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 theses projects is Zero transmission.


HDI ranking 180/187  - Life Expectancy 55.1 years  - Poverty MPI 70.2%


Two projects. Partner: Amici di Raoul Fllereau
Budget 2017: $ 64 350
Support the Leprosy Control Program in Manica and Nampula provinces 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 170/187  - Life Expectancy 66.5 years  - Poverty MPI 51.9%


One project. Partner: DAHW
Budget 2017: $ 64 350
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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