• IDEA Members enquiring and reporting.

  • House Destroyed by the quake 2015.


  • Kedar Nath Parajuli and his devastated house in the background

  • Sukumaya at her damaged house with IDEA President and Vice-president


In 2010, the Government of Nepal announced that leprosy has been eliminated in the country according to the WHO measurement of less than 1 case per 10,000 head of population.  However, this does not mean that the disease has been eradicated in Nepal.  Far from it – while this target may have been achieved in some areas of the country, in others the number of cases is much higher and there is evidence to suggest that numbers are actually increasing.  At the last estimation, 1,73,000 people are currently undergoing treatment for leprosy or are suffering from its long-term effects. While much progress has been made in identifying and treating new cases of the disease, thousands of people are living every day with its consequences in the form of disabilities and discrimination.  It is clear, then, that leprosy remains a major issue in Nepal and will continue to be so for many years to come.