About lepra, tuberculosis & leishmaniasis
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Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that mostly affects the skin, the peripheral nervous system, the eyes and the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract. 210,000 people are newly diagnosed with leprosy every year worldwide.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mostly affects the lungs. A quarter of the world’s population carries the bacterium. This is known as latent tuberculosis. Every year, 10 million people develop active tuberculosis and 1.4 million people die from the disease.
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by a small fly (phlebotomine sand flies). The most common form of the disease is cutaneous leishmaniasis, which causes chronic ulcers and deformities. As with people affected by leprosy, patients suffer social exclusion and stigmatisation.
Damien Foundation contributing to the SDGs
Through its projects, Damien Foundation takes a long-term approach to offer access to healthcare for the most vulnerable populations. In close cooperation with the international community, it works to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the benefit of people worldwide.Discover more about SDGs in our latest activity report