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NLR has been active in Cambodia since 2002, when it began to support the work of the Campagne Internationale de l’Ordre de Malte contre la Lèpre (CIOMAL). NLR’s support focuses on finding new cases and ensuring proper treatment. Leprosy is still endemic in Cambodia but the country is moving toward a situation of low endemicity. Cambodia has a quite high proportion of people with permanent nerve damage as a result of leprosy and who will remain physically disabled for the rest of their lives.

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Photography: Sasja van Vegchel /​Gideon van Aertsen

Mekong region

NLR is active in all 6 countries of the Mekong region: Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and China. These 6 countries share the Mekong River but are very diverse in ethnicity, cultures, languages and stages of economic development. The health condition of their populations reflect the respective stages of their economic development, with Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos still ranking among the world’s least developed countries. Leprosy is prevalent in all of the countries, with Myanmar harboring the most patients.

Leprosy disease control activities in the last 2 decades have been successful in the Mekong region and the number of new disease cases has declined spectacular in particular in Vietnam and Thailand. An exception is Myanmar, which is still classified as a leprosy endemic country.

In contrast, the proportion of people who are permanently affected by the disease and in need of rehabilitation and disability services is high in the whole Mekong region and to develop the quality of their lives remains a significant problem. Within the Mekong region, Vietnam has the highest rate of people living with disability including persons affected by leprosy. NLR has recently broadened its support focus in the Mekong countries to also include general disability regardless of the cause. NLR’s work has brought tremendous change in the lives of thousands of people in this region.

Photography: Sasja van Vegchel



Project description

Child focused disability & poverty partnerships

NLR and Liliane Foundation cooperate with local partner organizations to support children with disability and their families to access comprehensive services for health care, education, livelihood and social inclusion. In Cambodia we have 6 partnerships.

Office information

Regional Director:

Jan Robijn

Number of employees:


Contact information:

Room 307 & 308, E1 Block,
Trung Tu Diplomatic Compound No. 6,
Dang Van Ngu Street,
Trung Tu Ward,
Dong Da District
Phone: 0084 24 3225 2851
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