Millions of sick people and outcasts have got medical treatment or social support through the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (DAHW). The registered association was founded in the year 1957 as the Deutsches Aussätzigen-Hilfswerk" (German Leprosy Relief Association - DAHW). Since that time DAHW has been giving sustainable assistance to sick and marginalised people in developing and emerging countries - irrespective of political or religious belief.
At the beginning of 2003 the association changed its name so as to reflect the other major focus of its work, tuberculosis, in its name, too. The acronym DAHW is still used to ease recognition of donors and long-standing supporters.