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Visiting Sri Lanka

15 November, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Courtenay Dusenbury and Christine Fenenga of the secretariat team recently spent time in the Galle District of Sri Lanka. See their photos and learn more about the Sri Lanka leprosy programme, the Udugama Hospital’s satellite clinic, and the country’s innovations to track cases and serve its communities.

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Highlights from COR-NTD

12 November, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The leprosy community was well-represented at the recent annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), with a sessions on leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis (LPEP) and our Research Agenda Working Group.

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Meet Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur

12 September, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur, speaks with Courtenay Dusenbury, Secretariat Director, about her UN mandate and how that can align with the partnership’s efforts.

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Global leprosy update, 2017: reducing the disease burden due to leprosy

6 September, 2018 | World Health Organization

The modus operandi for leprosy control in all the WHO global strategies over the past 3 decades has been detection of all cases and prompt treatment with multi­drug therapy (MDT). As the global target has been reached in all but a few coun­tries, the most recent strategy indicates a shift from “elimination of leprosy as a public health problem” to reduction of the disease burden, measured as a reduc­tion in grade-2 disabilities (G2D) among new cases and new cases in children.

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Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy

20 August, 2018 | World Health Organization

WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme has released the full Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy. The Guidelines provide state-of-the-art knowledge and evidence on leprosy diagnosis, treatment and prevention based on a public health approach in low and middle-income countries. … More Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy

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Political leaders must stop misusing leprosy as a metaphor for harmful stereotypes, says UN expert

17 August, 2018 | United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner

Politicians must stop misusing the word leprosy to convey harmful stereotypes because its widespread use as a metaphor for all that is loathsome contributes to violations of the human rights of persons affected by leprosy, says a UN expert. “Within … More Political leaders must stop misusing leprosy as a metaphor for harmful stereotypes, says UN expert

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Lessons from the field in Bihar, India

9 July, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Courtenay Dusenbury, Secretariat Director of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL), recently traveled to Bihar, India. In this article, she shares her observations of how the region is making progress despite challenging circumstances. The expertise of local partners, such as the professionals in Bihar, will be major contributors to the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s work.

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Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy

26 June, 2018 | World Health Organization

WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme is about to release the Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy. The Executive Summary can be accessed while the full document will be accessible in the coming weeks. The Guidelines will provide state-of-the-art knowledge and evidence … More Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy

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UN rights expert urges action to end “civil death” of persons affected by leprosy

19 June, 2018 | United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner

States must act now to stop the widespread, systemic, multi-layered and institutionalised discrimination suffered by persons affected by leprosy and their family members, a UN human rights expert has said. “States not only have a duty, but also an obligation … More UN rights expert urges action to end “civil death” of persons affected by leprosy

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Talking Leprosy: Interview with Courtenay Dusenbury

17 May, 2018 | ILEP

ILEP’s Rosa Argent caught up with Courtenay Dusenbury, the Secretariat Director of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, to find out what attracted her to the role and how important she believes the role of ILEP members will be in achieving zero leprosy.

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