American Leprosy Missions works with the Ministry of Health to find and map people suffering from leprosy and lymphatic filariasis, and stop the spread of leprosy.

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Major Objectives and Activities

  • Collect and map data on leprosy, lymphatic filariasis and related disabilities to inform the development of a national plan to target cure and care to those most in need
  • Protect against leprosy by giving a single dose of antibiotics to close contacts of people with leprosy
    • Train health care workers to identify leprosy, screen contacts and administer antibiotics
  • Increase efficiency of ILEP member organizations’ leprosy work in Myanmar

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1.8 million people are covered by the Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP) project.

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You can help stop the spread of leprosy in Myanmar. Donate now.

Story: Your Compassion Sends Loving Care

Living in Myanmar, Sein Nu sits in her bamboo hut. Dressed in peasant’s clothes, she also wears the signs of leprosy. The bridge of her nose has collapsed. Her hands are claws, and she has lost some of her fingers. Her feet are swollen and deformed, and she’s lost some toes. And she has an ulcer on her foot. Read more.

Projects and Partners

AIM Initiative
Partner: Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar

Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP)
Partner: Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar

International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) Liaison Office

Country Facts

  • 25% of the population lives below the poverty line
  • 6% of children under the age of five are underweight
  • Reported more than 2,500 new cases of leprosy in 2015
  • Changed name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989
  • 89% of the population embraces Buddhism


Download Myanmar Country Profile pdf.