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Welcome to your Autumn edition of Lepra News! I’m pleased to share with you that enormous progress has been made in leprosy case detection and treatment over the past year. Over 18,500 people have been diagnosed with leprosy and treated by our staff in 2017-18, a thirty percent increase on the previous year. Our intensified focus on leprosy, coupled with our enhanced methods of screening, have contributed to this achievement, yet we could not have accomplished this without loyal supporters like you.

Geoff with members of staff and beneficiaries in Bangladesh

We have also continued to expand health awareness activities and leprosy diagnosis training, to ensure communities and health workers recognise leprosy symptoms to ensure early diagnosis. I recently visited the Indian state of Hyderabad, where I met two young boys, both affected by leprosy. Naveen, aged seven, was treated in the early stages and thankfully, he suffers no disability. Amar, aged 13, was diagnosed too late and he suffers disability in his hand as a consequence. We are providing him with the physiotherapy and reconstructive surgery he needs to return to a normal life. However, he is currently unable to go to school or play cricket – his favourite sport. These cases highlight just how important early detection is in preventing life-changing disability. Our work helps to ensure that fewer children like Amar have to put their childhood on hold. I would like to thank you for supporting children like Naveen and Amar. Without your help, our life-changing work would simply not be possible.

Setting sail with Voyages to Antiquity Geoff Prescott Chief Executive

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with luxury cruise line, Voyages to Antiquity, who offer exclusive cruises to places of historical and cultural interest. Together, we will be working to provide unique fundraising events on board specially selected cruises, along with other exciting opportunities watch this space for more details!

P.S. You can find out how your support has helped to transform lives across India, Bangladesh and Mozambique in our “Annual Impact Review” in the centre pages.

We would like to welcome Dinesh Dhamija to our Board of Trustees. Dinesh is the founder, former Chairman and CEO of the travel site Ebookers.com. He has also founded two Indian charities SHIKSHA and CHIKITSA.

Lepra News September 2018  

Our latest issue of Lepra News showcases our '£1 from you, we get two' appeal, highlights of fundraising stories and our annual impact repor...

Lepra News September 2018  

Our latest issue of Lepra News showcases our '£1 from you, we get two' appeal, highlights of fundraising stories and our annual impact repor...

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