Woman with leprosy in Nepal practicing self-care


In Nepal, American Leprosy Missions partners with two of the busiest leprosy hospitals in the world to treat leprosy, prevent disabilities, improve WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), share the love of Jesus and transform the lives – and communities – of people affected by leprosy and related diseases.

Your Support Transforms Lives in Nepal By

  • Developing self-help groups for people affected by leprosy and related diseases
  • Supporting hospital staff including doctors, physiotherapists and lab technicians
  • Providing reconstructive surgeries and special, protective footwear
  • Educating communities to promote early treatment and reduce stigma
  • Providing literacy programs, micro-credit loans, vocational training, nutrition assistance and advocacy
  • Treating people affected, preventing disability and training health workers
  • Improving the health system by updating hospital infrastructure
  • Empowering women, educating communities about health and hygiene, and improving water and sanitation

Major Objectives and Activities

  • Provide accurate diagnosis of leprosy
    • Conduct lab tests, screen patients, provide counseling
  • Prevent and manage disabilities
    • Provide physical therapy, wound care, self-care training, nerve function tests, counseling, ultrasounds, eye care, protective footwear, ulcer surgery and treatment of reactions
  • Support government health workers
    • Conduct supervisory visits and train health workers to properly detect, diagnose and treat leprosy
  • Empower people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis
    • Conduct self-care training
    • Distribute micro-credit loans
    • Build houses for community members
    • Train and equip self-help group facilitators
    • Provide nutritional support for children under age five
    • Support literacy and education
  • Provide critical facility upgrades and increase the resiliency of the health system
    • Replace three earthquake-damaged buildings at Anandaban Hospital: trauma center, emergency ward and maternity block
    • Complete hospital infrastructure improvements at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital
  • Improve WASH conditions and reduce NTDs
    • Train communities, self-help groups and health workers on WASH, NTDs and human rights
  • Improve health and hygiene in vulnerable and at-risk communities
    • Educate thousands of families, teachers and school children
    • Install hand-washing stations in schools
  • Increase access to safe drinking water and improve sanitation
    • Test water quality and protect water sources from contamination through infrastructure improvements
    • Install toilets in schools and villages, water pumps, and community bathing enclosures to provide privacy for women

FY 2019 Budget      



240,000 people

Date Started in Country


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Story:  Finding New Life

Dhrahori remembers when she got leprosy. It was 11 years ago. She was 34 and married. Her main fear was that her husband would disown her and throw her out of the house. That’s what happens so often to people with leprosy in countries like Nepal, where Dhrahori lives. Victims are treated like little more than trash to be discarded. Read more.

Projects and Partners

Self-Help Group Strengthening
Partner: Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, Nepal Leprosy Trust

SMILE Prevention of Disability
Partner: Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, Nepal Leprosy Trust

USAID ASHA Hospital Infrastructure Grant
Partners: Nepal Leprosy Trust (Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital) and The Leprosy Mission Nepal (Anandaban Hospital)

Ending NTDs through Women-Led WASH
Partner: Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, Nepal Leprosy Trust

Village Alive
Partner: Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland

Country Facts

  • One quarter of the population lives below the poverty line
  • Only 45% of the population has access to an improved sanitation facility
  • More than 150,000 people in Nepal are disabled because of leprosy
  • Reported more than 3,054 new cases of leprosy in 2016


Download Nepal Country Profile pdf.