Leprosy: Documents, books & learning materials

Documents about leprosy are divided into 4 groups – (1) Leprosy diagnosis, treatment and control; (2) Leprosy rehabilitation; (3) History of leprosy; and, (4) Persons affected with leprosy and their organisations. Please scroll down this page for the full list.

The following documents, books and other learning materials about leprosy are available for free download:

Leprosy diagnosis, treatment and control

Leprosy Rehabilitation

History of Leprosy

Persons affected with leprosy and their organisations



Aifo was born in 1961 as an organisation for helping the persons affected with leprosy. In 2018, AIFO is celebrating its 57 anniversary. Over the past decades, Aifo’s rehabilitation work with the leprosy-affected persons has been enlarged to focus on persons with different disabilities through the Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach. At the same time, its work for diagnosis and treatment of leprosy now is part of primary health care and community health approaches.

Leprosy continues to be a key area of work for Aifo and it continues to be part of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP).

Since early years of the 21st century, Aifo has been supporting the Leprosy Mailing List (LML) to promote exchange of information between persons working in the area of leprosy in different parts of the world.

You can check the following pages related to leprosy:

Leprosy Mailing List

LML is a moderated email list initiated by Dr Salvatore Noto in 2001. At present (January 2018) it counts about 550 members. It is managed jointly by an editorial team of four persons – Dr Pieter Schreuder, Dr Salvatore Noto, Dr Ben Naafs and Dr Sunil Deepak.

To receive LML messages

If you wish to receive LML messages and you want to share messages on LML, send an email to: editorlml(at)gmail.com (substitute “(at)” with @ in the email address). Subscription to the list is free.

General objective

The main objective of the LML is to share information on the disease Leprosy, its control & rehabilitation with e-mail and Internet users around the world.

Specific objectives

The specific objectives of LML are to –

  • divulge information about leprosy, its causes, burden, prevention and treatment;
  • share information about management of leprosy control activities and programmes;
  • share information about socio-cultural aspects of leprosy and the rehabilitation of patients with disabilities;
  • offer a distance learning tool in leprosy for health professionals;
  • create a forum to discuss the main issues on leprosy and its control activities and programmes.

LML Blog

All messages shared on LML are published automatically on the LML Blog. Therefore, you can also follow LML through the blog without subscribing to the mailing list. However, the Blog does not include any attached files circulated with the messages. The LML blog address is: http://leprosymailinglist.blogspot.com/

Old archives of LML

Some of the old archives of LML (2003-2013) are available from the old Aifo website. Sometimes, the old archives may not be visualised properly or may not open properly. We are not able to maintain that website and regret if you are unable to find the documents you are searching for. The old archives can be found at the following address: http://english.aifo.it/leprosy/mailing_list/index.htm


Global Education

In Italy, Aifo organises activities of Development Education. These activities are organised through the different Aifo groups spread all over Italy.

Aifo is a grassroots organization with members spread all over Italy. In 2016, there were 43 official groups of AIFO with 701 AIFO members. Addresses of individual AIFO groups are available on its Italian website. Some of AIFO groups are formal organizations registered locally while others are informal organizations.

AIFO is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education as an organization competent for organising training on inter-cultural issues for school teachers. AIFO organises regular activities of development education for its group members, for school teachers and for general public.

Development Education activities in Italy are carried out by individual AIFO groups in their schools and communities with some support from AIFO head-office.

Some of the more significant activities in 2016 included the following: organisation of a Summer Camp, Study Visits for young people to Porto Nacional (Brazil), Project Ria-Culture supporting a community library in Korogocho (Nairobi, Kenya), and organization the March of Peace.

You can find more information about the Development Education activities of Aifo in its annual reports.


Aifo Annual Monitoring Forms

All projects receiving funds and other support from Aifo are asked to complete the Annual Monitoring forms. The information collected from all the projects is complied annually for Aifo’s Annual Social Balance.

The monitoring forms serve to collect common minimum basic information from all projects and thus usually miss the more specific information. For this reason, apart from the monitoring forms, all projects are expected to provide descriptive reports, data and images to provide a more complete picture of their activities and their impact.

Aifo’s annual monitoring forms have been updated in December 2017. Therefore, all projects which received funds and other support from Aifo during 2017 are asked to download these new forms and not use the older forms. If you have any difficulties in downloading these new forms contact the Project Manager in Aifo office in Bologna.

The forms do not include B5 (administrative information), for which the old forms remain valid. Remember to send the completed forms to AIFO latest by 15 March.

Project Monitoring forms

B1 Form: For Projects involved in treatment of leprosy (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B2 Form: For Projects involved in prevention, care and rehabilitation of disabilities and other complications of leprosy (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B3 Form: For Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) and Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B4 Form: For Primary Health Care, General Health Care and Community Health projects (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)

B6 Form: For children Projects (EnglishItalianoPortuguese)