Leprosy Ministry

No One Is Untouchable

Some believe that leprosy is an ancient condition that only affected those living during Jesus' earthly ministry. Sadly, there are many today who still suffer from this devastating disease and are cut off from society. His Feet International is committed to reaching those affected by leprosy with compassion and the love of Christ.

Understanding Leprosy

Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is a bacterial infection that carries centuries of stigma and fear. It primarily affects the skin, nerves, and eyes. Although it is curable, leprosy can result in disability and inflict much harm if left untreated. This is especially devastating in impoverished communities within third-world countries, where there is a lack of education and basic healthcare.

Misconceptions about leprosy run deep in many countries, often causing those affected to be ostracized. The disease is actually not highly contagious. Yet those who have it often face social isolation and discrimination.

In impoverished areas, access to proper diagnosis and treatment – multidrug therapy (MDT) – is severely limited. As a result, the infection spreads needlessly and often destroys hands, feet, and even eyelids. Leprosy-affected individuals find themselves disabled, which furthers the stigma around their condition and leaves them trapped in poverty, unable to support themselves.

Without intervention, many more will be infected with leprosy and helplessly watch as it destroys their lives. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Much remains to be done to end the stigma and myths surrounding leprosy. We have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with many leprosy-affected individuals living in isolated quarantine villages. They need to know that nobody is untouchable to Jesus.

A victim of leprosy, who lives in a segregated and remote village in Asia, having a joyous time playing with a frisbee for the first time in his life. Being visited means the world to those who suffer in isolation with this terrible disease.

The Global Impact

Although cases of leprosy have significantly reduced worldwide, the disease continues to spread in certain areas. Over 200,000 new cases are detected annually, affecting countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia, and China. His Feet International works in communities that lack access to basic healthcare and resources, and where leprosy-affected individuals experience the greatest isolation and poverty.

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The Challenge That Marginalized Communities Face

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Marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by leprosy due to several factors. Poverty, overcrowded living conditions, and lack of basic sanitation can increase the risk of transmitting the disease. Stigma surrounding leprosy often prevents those affected from seeking diagnosis and treatment, which results in the infection doing more harm and further spreading in the community. Additionally, healthcare may be inaccessible or unaffordable in such communities, leaving leprosy-affected individuals without the medical intervention they need. Other challenges include:

Stigma and Discrimination:

  • Social ostracism and isolation, leading to emotional distress and loss of support systems.
  • Difficulty finding employment or housing due to prejudice.
  • Barriers to education for children affected by leprosy or within affected families.

Healthcare Barriers:

  • Lack of access to healthcare facilities, particularly in remote or rural areas.
  • Unaffordable costs of diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care.
  • Shortage of healthcare professionals knowledgeable about leprosy.

Misconceptions and Lack of Education:

  • Myths about leprosy being highly contagious or a curse, fueling fear and discrimination.
  • Limited understanding of the causes and treatment of the disease, leading to delays in seeking help.

Cycle of Poverty:

  • The financial burden of leprosy, further straining already limited resources.
  • Difficulty maintaining livelihoods due to disabilities or stigma, deepening the cycle of poverty.

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Restoring Dignity.

Loving The Outcast.

Perhaps the hardest part of contracting leprosy is the isolation and rejection that so many experience. In some countries, society forbids them from entering public transportation. Many hospitals will not treat them. His Feet International visits segregated leprosy colonies in some of the most impoverished and remote regions of the world. We are aggressively helping victims improve their lives through medical care and supplies, water and food development projects, and installing showers to maintain good hygiene and reduce wound infection rates. It means the world to those living in these villages to be visited and to know they are not forgotten. Most importantly, we share the Gospel with everyone we serve, telling them of the God who loves and accepts them. Through your support of the Leprosy Ministry, you can help provide comfort and dignity to those society has forgotten.