December 3: Did you know?

Approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are cured but still suffer from the effects of leprosy. They continue to receive care through outpatient clinics and private physicians. Approximately 150 people are diagnosed with leprosy each year in the U.S.

Leprosy Statistics

  • 106 countries reported new cases of leprosy in 2015; data was not received from some leprosy-endemic countries.
  • Four million people have disabilities as a result of leprosy.
  • 210,758 new cases were diagnosed and reported in 2015; many cases have not been detected or reported.
  • Approximately 10% of these new cases are in children.
  • 14 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America accounted for 95% of all new cases of leprosy detected worldwide.
  • India, Brazil, and Indonesia reported the most new cases of leprosy in 2015.

In the time it has taken you to read these leprosy FAQs, one person has been diagnosed with this terrible disease. That person needs your help today. Learn how you can help people in need.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)