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The number of new individuals detected with leprosy in the Americas dropped by 35% in the last decade. New cases are detected in 24 countries of the Americas, a majority of them in Brazil. Deficient housing conditions and crowding are important factors to explain the continued transmission of leprosy. Women must also have the same access to Health Centers as men. Measure to control this disease must be continued to sustain progress made to date.

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.

America 2017   -   6 countries   -   11 projects   



HDI ranking 97/187  - Life Expectancy 74 years Poverty MPI 7.6%


One project. Partner: CorsoHansen
Budget 2017: $ 20 100.
Project to mobilize communities in Colombia to fight the stigma of leprosy. Awareness raising activities to abolish discrimination against people affected and to promote inclusion are delivered in different locations. The main purpose of this project is Zero discrimination.

Dominican Republic

HDI ranking 101/187  - Life Expectancy 73.5 years  - Poverty MPI 6%


Six projects. Partner: Patronnato de lucha contra la lepra and Soeurs de l'Enfant-Jésus de Chauffailles
Budget 2017: $ 190 414
National Leprosy Program managed from a central unit in Santo Domingo and eight regional health centers. Active search for individuals affected by leprosy through medical examinations in schools, homes, and neighborhoods. Social Leprosy Program to cover the needs of low-income families affected by leprosy. Food and care to needy individuals affected by tuberculosis and also suffering from malnutrition. These projects cover all three strategic goals: Zero Transmission, Zero Disabilities, and Zero Discrimination.

El Salvador 

HDI ranking 116/187  - Life Expectancy 73 years  - Poverty MPI Not available


One project. Partner: Fontilles
Budget 2017: $ 20 100
Countrywide support to the Leprosy Control Program to stop leprosy transmission through training of local health staff. The main goal of this project is Zero transmission.


HDI ranking 131/187 - Life Expectancy 73.1 years - Poverty MPI 20.7%


One project. Partners: Fontilles
Budget 2017: $ 20 100
Support to the National Leprosy Control Program to stop transmission of the disease through technical assistance and training of local health staff. The main goal of this project is Zero transmission.


HDI ranking 125/187  - Life Expectancy 74.9 years  - Poverty MPI 19.4%


One projects. Partner: Fontilles
Budget 2017: $ 40 200
Leprosy Control Program in the Managua Region for prevention of disabilities linked to leprosy and social inclusion of people affected by leprosy.
This project covers two strategic goals: Zero Disabilities, and Zero Discrimination.



HDI ranking 84/187  - Life Expectancy 74.6 years  - Poverty MPI 10.4%


One project. Partner: Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph
Budget 2017: $ 22 780
Support to elderly individuals severely disabled by leprosy living in San Pablo. In 1948, Hospitallers sisters started to work in San Pablo, a village only accessible by boat after a long journey on the Amazon. San Pablo was a village where only people affected by leprosy lived, in poverty and isolation. This project offers dignity and care to destitute individuals. The main purpose of this project is Zero discrimination.


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