What is leprosy2

The Leprosy Research Initiative envisions a world free from leprosy


The LRI is a combined venture of ILEP members and closely associated partners. The LRI was launched in 2013 to establish a joint fund to support leprosy research and mechanisms to access external funding.


We fund research

The joint fund is used for research that is exclusively or strongly related to leprosy. Additional resources are actively sought for research in the field of general disabilities and for research aimed at different diseases (e.g. other NTDs, TB and diabetes) in combination with leprosy. Since 2014, the Leprosy Research Initiative has supported more than 45 different projects spread over six continents.


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We are a partnership

The Leprosy Research Initiative is led by an Executives Group of primary funders including: NLR, Amer­i­can Lep­rosy Mis­sions (ALM), Ger­man Lep­rosy and Tuber­cu­lo­sis Relief Asso­ci­a­tion (GLRA), effect:hope (The Lep­rosy Mis­sion Canada) and The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI). Our associate partners are: The Mission to End Leprosy (formerly known as TLM Ire­land), Plan:G (formerly the Austrian leprosy Relief Association) and Damian Foundation. We collaborate with the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy.


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