2016, the highlights

In 2016, we took some big steps forward in the fight against leprosy. At the very heart of all our efforts is the conviction that NLR can and does make a difference in the lives of those misfortunate enough to suffer from leprosy, its consequences or neglected tropical diseases. Our vision, mission and strategy embody that conviction.

Our goal

A world free of leprosy and exclusion due to disabilities

How we work

How we spend our money

What we achieved

Number of new cases detected in the area where we work 48,672

Number of people receiving leprosy-training 9,248

Number of people informed/educated (awareness raising) on leprosy 1,351,386

Number of people from communities informed/educated (awareness raising) on general disabilities 193,596

Number of self-care groups supported/formed:

a) Existing groups (formed before 2016) supported in 2016 886

b) New groups formed and supported in 2016 99

Number of persons disabled by leprosy and other diseases trained in self-care 3,817

Number of Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) receiving assistance from NLR 81

What we achieved

Number of people provided with reconstructive surgery 1,060

Number of people provided with assistive devices (wheelchairs + crutches + sunglasses + protective/ orthopaedic footwear + prostheses) 15,048

Number of people provided with micro credit 157

Number of people financially supported for education 2,301

Number of people provided with vocational training 543

Number of direct contacts of new patients given preventive medication SDR (single dose of rifampicin) 34,789

Number of persons with disabilities oriented on their rights 4,167

Number of people provided with leadership training 378


Leprosy control







The National Leprosy Programs of India and Nepal decided to upscale the post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment with “single dose of rifampicin” (SDR) to more high-endemic districts. This confirms that the innovation introduced by NLR in the LPEP project since 2015 is taken over by the government, creating high impact and sustainability of the approach.


Together with the 14 other members of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) we launched the Triple Zero Campaign “Zero Transmission, Zero Disabilities and Zero Discrimination” in support of the global targets for leprosy. By focusing on these 3 critical goals, together we can achieve “Zero Leprosy”.


On World Leprosy Day we organized the 2nd edition of our crochet event. About 3,000 crochet fanatics gathered at more than 100 different locations across the Netherlands to crochet and sell a record number of “Lotje”, a cartoon dog from the Dutch comic book Jan, Jans en de kinderen.


2016 marked 5 years of NLR support in Indonesia to an innovative approach in which villagers, village leaders and health workers maintain surveillance to prevent and detect leprosy in endemic villages in North Minahasa in North Sulawesi. The approach has proven successful and has been implemented by a total of 44 high-endemic villages (of which 15 were funded by NLR and 29 by the local government).


The 14 Disability Resource Centers in Myanmar organized multiple awareness sessions that aim to support and empower persons with disabilities, including people affected by leprosy. Almost 12,000 people from 134 communities in rural villages attended these awareness sessions on leprosy, disability, the rights of persons with disabilities and the national law.


In Banten (Java) and Gorontalo (Sulawesi) the project “mHealth” uses mobile technology to make health-care services accessible to people with disabilities caused by leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases. In its 2nd year the number of users of the text message and Facebook platforms increased significantly. A new video for nerve function assessment through the mobile web was launched and 3 new clips on self-care were completed.



47,186 donors

1,000 volunteers

51 partners

2.7 million Dutch Postcode Lottery participants

1,611 Facebook fans

1,267 Twitter followers

20 footballing mayors

3,000 crochet fanatics

110 employees in 11 countries

27 employees in Amsterdam

make our work possible


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