Improved Leprosy Services
The Improved Leprosy Services project works in 2 high-endemic districts of Baucau, and Manatuto. Elimination of leprosy was announced in Timor in the 2000s. Since then, leprosy is not seen as a concern for the government. However, since leprosy was only eliminated (less than 1 person in 10,000), but not eradicated, and with limited diagnosis and treatment in the health system, the number of leprosy cases has again increased.
The Improved Leprosy Services project works towards elimination of leprosy in the 2 identified districts. The project supports the National Leprosy Control Program to work towards strengthening the health system in leprosy detection, diagnosis and management. It supports early detection of leprosy to help minimise transmission, provide treatment, monitor patient progress and provide self-care support.
In the past year, the project achieved the following:
128 new leprosy cases diagnosed
226 people with leprosy treated
3266 people screened for leprosy
5843 people educated in leprosy signs and symptoms
The Improved Leprosy Services Project supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy in Timor-Leste.
Please note: Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Due to added security measures, donations below $10 can no longer be processed online. To make a gift $9 or less, please call us on 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767).
If the area of need becomes fully funded, your gift will go where most needed.