In 2006 Nigeria was one of seven countries in Africa reporting more than 1,000 new cases a year. Since then, Nigeria is one of the 18 high prevalent countries of Leprosy in the world.
Leprosy colonies were established in the country around 1920s, and early care was provided by Christian Missionaries. However in the late nineties, leprosaria were abolished in Nigeria with a long term aim of providing Community based Rehabilitation. Since then, people affected by leprosy are found to be living in roadside colonies and begging is one the major sources of income.
Nigeria ratified CRPD on 24th September 2010 and is yet to submit its Country Report which was due on 24th October 2012.
The Nigerian government has established ‘National TB & Leprosy Control Programme’ aiming to eliminate Leprosy from Nigeria. Other organizations and self-help groups working in the field of Leprosy are IDEA Nigeria (Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement), The National Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy, Akugbe Fadama 111Group, IDEA Women Wing, Integrated Women Association and From Grass to Grace Association.
The National Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy (IDEA Nigeria)
Address: 1 Ladi Kwali Road,
Off Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Road,
P.M.B. 179, Minna,
Phone: +234-803-8023-992, +234-905-7306-790
The Leprosy Mission-Nigeria
Dr Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, OFR
Address: House No. C83/C84,
Fort Royal Homes Estate,
Lugbe, FCT - Abuja
Phone: +234 (70) 65802807 | +234 (70) 36694394 | +234 (70) 36694394