Leprosy Elimination

Ensuring the elimination of Leprosy through the availability of free Multidrug therapies (MDT) across the globe.

Leprosy Elimination

The Global Alliance for the Elimination of Leprosy (GAEL) was created by World Health Organization (WHO) in 1999 to ensure that a common strategy of leprosy elimination effort was adopted, intensively implemented and effectively monitored.

GAEL is a partnership dedicated to ensuring that all leprosy patients, wherever they may live, and however poor, have free and equal access to the most modern treatment available. The Multidrug therapy (MDT), donated by Novartis, has been made available free of charge to all endemic countries through WHO, and financial support has been provided by the Nippon and Sasakawa Foundations. MDT provides a simple yet highly effective cure for all types of leprosy in just six to twelve months.

The goal of GAEL is to eliminate leprosy as a public health problem from every country by the year 2005 and to detect and cure all the remaining leprosy cases (currently estimated at over 2.5 million). At its creation, GAEL included WHO, governments of endemic countries, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations, NGOs, DANIDA, the World Bank, the Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation.


  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Novartis AG

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novartis AG, was incorporated on 1996, provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of...

  • Novartis Foundation

    Switzerland | Staff size: 26-50

    The Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization pioneering innovative healthcare models that have a transformational impact on the health of the poorest populations. We work hand-in-hand...

  • Nippon Foundation

    Japan | Staff size: 101-250

    The Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan, is a private, non-profit grant-making organization. It was established in 1962 by Ryoichi Sasakawa, the late statesman and businessman


  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)

    Denmark | Staff size: Unknown

    Danida is the term used for Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

    Denmark’s development policy...

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  • Start Date 1999
  • End Date 2010
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