Almost 5,000 new cases of leprosy are diagnosed in Ethiopia every year. It is estimated that over 30,000 people are living with a permanent leprosy-related disability In Ethiopia.

Leprosy is still endemic in Oromiya, Amhara and Southern Nationalities and Nations Regions in the Central and Southern Highlands of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia ratified CRPD on July 7, 2010 and submitted its country report on January 8, 2013. Leprosy as such found no mention on its own. It found an indirect mention under Article 4 (3) where The Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities which includes people affected by Leprosy as its members, gave its inputs in the preparation of draft laws on accessibility. Please find the link to the report here Opens in a new window

The people affected by Leprosy in Ethiopia have been denied their rights through various ways. For example, people affected by Leprosy are not allowed to use the river water first in the area of Jimma. In Addis Tesfa Hiwot, they are not allowed to have religious services such as funeral ceremonies. Violation of such Human Rights continues to occur in many parts of the country against people affected by Leprosy.

However there are few organizations and self-help groups that are fighting hard to secure the human rights of people affected by Leprosy in Ethiopia, especially, ENAPAL and The Leprosy Mission.

ENAPAL - Ethiopian National Association of Persons
Affected by Leprosy
Ato Leulseged Berhane
Address: P.O. Box 70811, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone: 251-118-300057, 251-113-211503
The Leprosy Mission- Ethiopia
Mrs Wubitu Abere
Country Leader
Address :PO Box 34590
Addis Ababa
Phone: +251 911 640353