Duplications are avoided and resources can be employed more efficiently. Members can combine their strengths and carry out important initiatives jointly, especially in the fields of research, teaching and learning materials and training.
In the endemic countries, one member is responsible for coordination, information flow and collaboration with all those involved in the fight against leprosy. In this way, governments have a single contact partner for leprosy initiatives and projects.
Over the course of the years, the ILEP has established a flow of information that enables it to present the latest data on leprosy projects, as well as important indicators and the input of funds into the projects in a clear and transparent manner. This means that members are able to identify global trends and uncover gaps in the provision of aid.
The ILEP's Technical Committee supports members in medical and social matters as well as in research. The exchange of information on a co-operative basis enables members to improve the quality of their work.
The ILEP works in conjunction with the International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA), an Indian patients rights organisation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the governments of the affected countries.
The ILEP member organisations support projects in 80 countries to the amount of more than 60 million Euro, of which 47% goes to Asia, principally India, and 42% to Africa. 4% of the funds are expended on research.
René Stäheli, our Managing Director, is the current ILEP President.