IDEA is the first international advocacy organization whose leadership is primarily made up of individuals who have personally faced the challenges of leprosy, also called Hansen’s disease. Established in 1994, IDEA has 20,000 members in more than 30 countries, spanning five continents. IDEA has branches in 19 countries Angola, Brazil, P.R. China, D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan and the U.S.A.
In March 2003, IDEA launched a Global Campaign to Eliminate the Stigma Associated with Leprosy. IDEA has identified nine strategies that have been shown to effectively get rid of the stigma associated with leprosy.