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LEPRA, originally known as the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association, is a medical development charity working towards care of people with leprosy (Hansen's disease). A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ... Leprosy, also known as Hansens disease, is an infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacterium that can lead to disfiguration of the body or skin. ...


The organisation was founded in 1924 by Sir Leonard Rogers in an attempt to cure all cases of leprosy within the British Empire. In the 1930s it became associated with Toc H and its founder, the Reverend 'Tubby' Clayton, and volunteers were recruited to go to Africa and India, which had some of the highest incidences of the disease. Television and radio appeals boosted the awareness of the charity in the 1960s as LEPRA started work in Malawi. 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sir Leonard Rogers FRS (1868–1962) was a founder member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and its President from 1933 to 1935. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Toc H is a international charitable society dedicated to promoting Christian fellowship and voluntary social service. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...


In 1996 LEPRA worked with the BBC children's television series Blue Peter, raising £2.8m. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest public broadcasting corporation in the world. ... For the Canadian 1980s New Wave band of the same name, see Blue Peter (band). ...


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LEPRA: Information from Answers.com (171 words)
LEPRA, originally known as the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association, is a medical development charity working towards care of people with leprosy (Hansen's disease).
In the 1930s it became associated with Toc H and its founder, the Reverend 'Tubby' Clayton, and volunteers were recruited to go to Africa and India, which had some of the highest incidences of the disease.
In 1996 LEPRA worked with the BBC children's television series Blue Peter, raising £2.8m.
About LEPRA, it's mission statement and it's history (1659 words)
In 1984, LEPRA became one of the first associations to introduce multidrug therapy (MDT), a combination of Dap sone, Clofazimine and Rifampicin, at field level for all patients with lepromatous leprosy.and in 1986 the field trial of a leprosy vaccine was begun in Malawi.
In 1997, LEPRA transferred responsibility for the National Leprosy Control Programme in Malawi to the National Skin Diseases Programme after successfully reducing the number of registered patients from approximately 30,000 in 1965 to less than a thousand when the programme was transferred.
LEPRA is a medical development charity with a mission to restore health, hope and dignity to people affected by leprosy and other diseases of poverty.
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