BELRABritish Empire Leprosy Relief Association
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(8,14) The availability of funding for large-scale leprosy control work after 1945, provided by missionary organisations, the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association (BELRA, later LEPRA), and the Nigerian colonial government, anchored leprosy control institutions as key infrastructural and developmental resources across much of rural Eastern Nigeria--at the height of leprosy control in the region, in the early 1950s, leprosy accounted for a similar proportion of the Colonial Development and Welfare budget as all other medical services.