Many people believe that leprosy is a thing of the past but, sadly, World Health Organisation figures show that more than 200,000 people are diagnosed with leprosy every year. Many more cases go unreported because they occur in poor and remote communities that have little or no access to healthcare.
St Francis Leprosy Guild has been helping to care for people with leprosy for the past 125 years and now we are rising to a new challenge. We are supporting our partners across the globe to train health workers and volunteers who can reach out into poor communities to detect, treat and cure new cases of leprosy before the disease can take hold.
For the first time in centuries, an end to leprosy is within sight and the Guild is determined to play its part.
Will you help us?
Archbishop supports vaccine equality for people with leprosy
Around the world people with leprosy face greater exposure to covid-19, have less access to running water or other hygiene measures, and experience discrimination in healthcare. Archbishop John Wilson has joined with St Francis Leprosy Guild to call for equal access to lifesaving covid-19 vaccines.
Read more on the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales website (cbcew.org.uk)
125 Years of service
This year we are marking the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Guild in October 1895. Click here to view a celebration of the work of the Guild.