Leprosy medical staff checks Riduan from Indonesia on symptoms of leprosy
Antibiotic treatment pills against leprosy
July, a health worker, treats Riduan, a person affected by leprosy

I help to trace leprosy in my village

Local volunteer July

In Indonesia, NLR supports the Ministry’s leprosy programme and plays an important role in training health staff on how leprosy is contracted, detecting leprosy signs and symptoms, how leprosy spreads, and leprosy treatment.

NLR Indonesia also developed the leprosy-friendly villages model. In these villages, healthcare workers and community members are sensitised to leprosy’s early symptoms to stimulate timely patient referral. Meanwhile, peer counselling pilots help reduce social exclusion. In its area of operation, a reduction in the number of new leprosy cases has been noted. Amongst remaining newly detected cases, percentages of child cases and disability grade 2 cases were reduced significantly.

Besides stopping the transmission of leprosy and promoting self-care, we strengthen our disability inclusion partners in management, rights-based approaches, and lobby and advocacy work.

What have we achieved in Indonesia?

Our results of last year

14,363

New patients diagnosed and treated

1,630

People informed and educated on general disabilities

10,517

Direct contacts treated preventitive

804

Children received financial support for education

See all results
Person affected by leprosy receives a leg prosthese in order to be able to walk

Promoting disabled people’s rights

Learn how we include people living with disabilities caused by leprosy and other diseases by promoting disability-inclusive development.

No discrimination and stigma against persons affected by leprosy

Fighting stigma and social exclusion

Beyond the physical effects of leprosy, patients experience prejudice that separates them from society. Find out how we fight stigma and social exclusion.