Leprosy in PH: Treatment advances but stigma remains

By: Cathy Cañares Yamsuan – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / January 26, 2020 In the late 1990s, “Normie,” then 27 and a mother of two toddlers, noticed a whitish patch gro­wing near her right elbow. She recalled thinking that she had contracted a skin ailment and proceeded to treat it with all kinds of medicines, including very expensive ones: “Akala […]

Philippine Leprosy Mission Wins at the 2017 Galderma SKINPACT Awards – Asia Pacific

The 2017 Galderma SKINPACT Award for Community Leadership in Dermatology (Community Vote) was given to the Philippine Leprosy Mission (PLM) for the project entitled “Partners in Leprosy Action (PILA): A community skin health strategy as a combined approach to detecting skin- related Neglected Tropical Diseases”. Among 105 entries from the Asia- Pacific region, this project […]

Dazel’s work against stigma & discrimination

Ako si Dazelle    …sana huwag kayo lumayo kahit malaman nyo na nagkasakit ako ng leprosy. Noong una kong makita ang mga namumuting marka sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng aking katawan, kinabahan ako at nagpunta ako agad sa dermatologist.  Agad naman akong pina-biopsy ng doctor at nakita na positibo ako sa sa sakit na leprosy. Mula noon […]

Partners in Leprosy Action, one of top 25 finalists of SIHI

The Philippine Leprosy Mission’s initiative, Partners in Leprosy Action (PILA) was selected as one of the final 25 Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) cases. The 25 selected initiatives present high impact solutions that have been able to improve the care delivered to people affected by neglected tropical and infectious diseases. The SIHI is a […]


The Department of Health, declared the third (3rd) week of February of every year as Leprosy Prevention and Control Week. To observe this occasion, the Philippine Leprosy Mission will promote the importance of skin health and encourage the public with skin problems to consult at the local health centers.  PLM will also conduct free skin consultations (for any skin ailments) […]

The Philippine Leprosy Mission received support from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines!

The Philippine Leprosy Mission (PLM), a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the cure and care of persons affected by leprosy, is continuing its advocacy and partnership with the Department of Health to control leprosy in hyper-endemic areas. Despite the discovery of medicine to treat the disease and the continuous effort to ensure that they receive […]

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