Improved Leprosy Services
The Improved Leprosy Services (ILS) project works in 2 high-endemic districts of Baucau, and Manatuto. Elimination of leprosy was announced in Timor Leste in the 2,000s. Since then, leprosy was not seen as a public health concern and active support for leprosy case finding and treatment ceased. Since leprosy was only eliminated but not eradicated, with limited treatment and management, leprosy cases are again increasing.
The Improved Leprosy Services (ILS) project works towards elimination of leprosy in the 2 identified districts. The project supports the Timor Leste National Leprosy Control Program to work towards strengthening the health system in leprosy detection, diagnosis and management. Collaborating closely with the government Ministry of Health, the project provides training in leprosy diagnosis and management to health workers, conducts active case finding activities to disrupt transmission and increase early detection. The project also supports patients to access regular treatment and learn appropriate self-care to protect themselves.
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.