Leprosy Control Program

The status of leprosy in the Philippines has been considered to be not a public threat anymore at the national level, prompting the public health sector to successfully declare leprosy not a burden in the majority of our communities. However, there is still an area of concern at the subnational level with very low cases in different parts of the country. As such, the National Leprosy Control Programs aims to sustain the significant progress of eradicating the disease to achieve zero transmission and disability by 2022. The specific objective of this program is to ensure the provision of comprehensive, integrated, and quality leprosy services at all levels of health care in the country.


Leprosy-free Philippines by year 2022


To ensure the provision of comprehensive, integrated quality leprosy services at all levels of health care


To further reduce the leprosy burden. By 2022, these targets must be attained 1) Zero G2D rate among pediatric leprosy patients 2) reduction of new leprosy cases to less than one case per million population 3) No countries with legislation allowing discrimination on basis of leprosy.
Type of Service


  • Slit Skin Smear Training for Medical Technologists
  • Basic Clinical Management for Leprosy
Partners Organization


  • none

Local/Youth/CSOs, NGOs

  • Coalition of Leprosy Advocates in the Philippines

International Partners

  • WHO
  • Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation
  • International Leprosy Association
  • Novartis Foundation