29 November 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Nigeria develops strategic plan to end leprosy nationwide

In October 2022, the National Leprosy Programme of Nigeria, led by Adebayo Peters and Dr Anyaike Chukwuma, hosted workshops in Abuja to develop a Zero Leprosy Roadmap and Action Plan.

29 November 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Money Matters: Priorities in funding leprosy research

“It is a great time to be doing leprosy research,” said Bill Simmons, Chair of the Leadership Team of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL). Simmons spoke at the 21st International Leprosy Congress plenary session, “Money Matters: Priorities in funding leprosy research” on 10 November 2022 in Hyderabad, India. 

22 November 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

GPZL at the 21st International Leprosy Congress

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy participated in the International Leprosy Congress, which took place in Hyderabad, India from 8 to 11 November. The theme of the Congress was “Better Knowledge – Early Diagnosis – Improved Care.”

8 November 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Nigeria’s Zero Leprosy Country Review

In October 2022, the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy worked with the  National Leprosy Programme of Nigeria to conduct the Zero Leprosy Country Review. The review was requested by the Nigerian National Leprosy Programme, headed by Dr Anyaike Chukwuma and Dr Adebayo Peters.

2 November 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The Task Force for Global Health Statement at the 73rd WHO Regional Committee Meeting for the Western Pacific

The Global Partnership For Zero Leprosy, a program of the Task Force for Global Health, submitted a statement to the 73rd World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee Meeting for the Western Pacific in October 2022. The statement refers to agenda item 14, “Reaching the unreached.” … Read More >

26 September 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Q&A: Meet Jordan Tappero, GPZL Leadership Team Member

GPZL Leadership Team member, Jordan Tappero, reflects on his career in global health and his work across many neglected tropical diseases. Your career in global health spans many regions and disease areas. What have been some of your main areas of focus? I spent 25 years … Read More >

26 September 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Nepal’s National Leprosy Programme convenes leaders to repeal discriminatory law

The National Leprosy Programme of Nepal and ILEP partners held a meeting in Kathmandu focused on repealing Nepal’s Civil Code 2074.

26 September 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Q&A: Meet Lucrecia Vásquez Acevedo, GPZL Leadership Team Member

GPZL Leadership Team member, Lucrecia Vásquez Acevedo, shares her personal experience of leprosy and how she is working to end leprosy and meet community needs. What is your personal experience of leprosy?  At the time that my son became a father, my son and I … Read More >

8 September 2022 · Task Force for Global Health

Task Force for Global Health Statement at WHO SEARO Regional Committee Meeting

The Secretariat Director of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, Bill Gallo, joined the World Health Organization (WHO) South East Asia Regional Committee Meeting in Paro, Bhutan in September 2022. He spoke on behalf of the Task Force for Global Health, a non-state actor, and … Read More >

22 August 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Leaders from Cambodia’s National Leprosy Programme reflect on their new strategic plan

Dr. Lay Sambath is the Chief Information Officer of the National Programme for Leprosy Control (NLEP) and Director of the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT). Mr. So Visal is a staff member of Cambodia’s National Leprosy Programme and a physical therapist. What … Read More >

9 August 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Meet Dr. Baskota, Nepal’s National Leprosy Programme Manager

Dr. Rabindra Baskota is the National Leprosy Programme Manager of Nepal and a member of the GPZL Leadership Team. Dr. Baskota shares his experience in the leprosy field and reflects on opportunities to advance closer to leprosy elimination. How did you begin working in leprosy? … Read More >

4 August 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Q&A: Meet Berta Mendiguren, GPZL Leadership Team Member

Berta Mendiguren, a member of Anesvad Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the GPZL Leadership Team, shares her perspective on the fight to end leprosy as a medical anthropologist based in sub-Saharan Africa. How did you begin working in leprosy? In 2010 I was invited by … Read More >

19 July 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Q&A: Meet Faustino Pinto, GPZL Leadership Team Member

Faustino Pinto, the National Coordinator of MORHAN and member of the GPZL Leadership Team, reflects on his personal fight against Hansen’s disease and his life’s work as an activist. What is your personal experience of Hansen’s disease? At nine years old, I had whitish spots … Read More >

19 July 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Q&A: Meet Emmy van der Grinten, GPZL Leadership Team Member

GPZL Leadership Team member, Emmy van der Grinten, shares learnings from 20 years in the leprosy field. How did you begin working in leprosy? In 1991 I travelled to Nepal for three months for an elective period during medical school together with a friend. We … Read More >

11 July 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

GPZL and partners sign the Abidjan Declaration

Partners signed the Abidjan Declaration, a commitment to mobilize the resources, both national and international, necessary for the implementation of the interventions of the Zero Leprosy Action Plan. 

7 July 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Cambodia develops roadmap and action plan to end leprosy

In June 2022, the National Leprosy Programme of Cambodia, led by Dr Sambath Lay, hosted workshops in Phnom Penh to develop a Zero Leprosy Roadmap and Action Plan. Partners convened to outline strategies to bring the country closer to targets set forth by the WHO … Read More >

27 June 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Meet our newest Leadership Team members

This year the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy welcomed six new Leadership Team members. With more representation from persons affected by Hansen’s disease and from National Leprosy Programmes, the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy now welcomes its largest and most representative Leadership Team to date. … Read More >

27 June 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Tanzania’s Path to Zero Leprosy: Q&A with Dr Kamara

In May 2022, Tanzania’s National Leprosy Programme developed a Zero Leprosy Action Plan together with national and international partners. The county’s National Leprosy Programme Manager, Dr Deusdedit Kamara, shares their progress to date and how they will move the new Zero Leprosy agenda forward. What … Read More >

22 June 2022 · Raoul Follereau Foundation

Côte d’Ivoire: Zero Leprosy by 2030

On June 1 and 2 in Abidjan, a major advocacy and resource mobilization meeting took place to achieve an objective: zero leprosy in Côte d’Ivoire. These two days were a success and resulted in the signing of the “Abidjan Declaration.” The Raoul Follereau Foundation is, … Read More >

21 June 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

What’s next for the Partnership? GPZL Leadership Team convenes in London to discuss strategic direction 

In June 2022, the Leadership Team of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy met in Brentford, London to discuss the Partnership’s progress to date and its strategy for the next three years. While the Leadership Team meets quarterly online, this was the first time that … Read More >