The Zero Leprosy Country Model

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) is working toward a world without leprosy through a country-by-country strategy. We bring together in-country partners and international stakeholders to work on country-led customized strategies that address local needs and priorities to end leprosy (Hansen’s disease).

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, in close collaboration with WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme, partners with National Leprosy Programmes to implement the Zero Leprosy Country Model. The Country Model supports country-level action planning through country reviews, roadmaps, and resources and tools.

Zero Leprosy Country Model Diagram

How does GPZL support countries?


The Zero Leprosy Toolkit is a free set of field-tested best practices designed to support countries in their work towards ending leprosy and its associated disabilities and stigma.

Country Review

We coordinate a comprehensive review tailored to each country in collaboration with the National Leprosy Programme and regional and international leprosy experts. Review teams conduct fieldwork to collect national and district-level leprosy data. Indicators encompass both medical and social aspects of the disease, including stigma and discrimination.


We support the development of a country-owned roadmap to achieve no disease, no disability, and no discrimination or stigma. Following the country review, stakeholders convene to analyze data and design a National Zero Leprosy Roadmap to measure and monitor progress toward agreed-upon milestones, in alignment with the WHO Roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021 – 2030. The National Leprosy Programme Manager presents the roadmap to the Ministry of Health for approval and adoption.

Action Plan

The Zero Leprosy Toolkit, country review findings, and the national Zero Leprosy Roadmap inform the National Leprosy Programme’s development of an action plan. The action planning process culminates in a meeting with national leadership and local and international stakeholders. The meeting establishes support for leprosy programme activities that will contribute to the country’s zero leprosy targets. Following adoption of the action plan, GPZL continues to provide technical support for the National Leprosy Programme’s roadmap implementation.

Country Model Milestones

The Country Model guides our country work, which is a key component of our Action Framework. We announced 10 new country partners in 2020. We aim to work with 30 countries by 2030, in support of WHO 2030 targets.

Learn more about the Zero Leprosy Country Model

Webinar: Zero Leprosy Country Model

GPZL Secretariat and Leadership Team members introduce the Country Model, explain the implementation process, and discuss the role of partners and the importance of national partnerships for zero leprosy. A question and answer session follows the presentations. Watch the recording

GPZL Partner Countries

Read about our work with our country partners:

Partner with us

If you are a National Leprosy Programme Manager and are interested in GPZL’s country support for your program, visit our Expression of Interest Form to learn more.