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GPZL’s COVID-19 Working Groups: May 2020 Update

12 May, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted leprosy control and prevention, and in response, GPZL has established three working groups to address the leprosy community’s key challenges during the global health crisis, and spearhead emergency response. This article is an update on their progress.

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GPZL’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan for 2020

14 April, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in some countries and just beginning to be felt in others, GPZL’s Leadership Team has identified the leprosy community’s key challenges and outlined an emergency response plan for 2020. This plan will ensure that the GPZL’s substantial expertise and network is focused on the urgent situation being faced by National Leprosy Programmes and persons affected by the disease, and their families.

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Operational Excellence Group Takes a New Shape for 2020 and Beyond

4 March, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The Operational Excellence Steering Team met September 2019 to discuss the future role of the Operational Excellence Working Group. Discussions in that meeting, and the GPZL Strategy Workshop in Amsterdam in January 2020, shaped a plan for members of the Operational Excellence Working Group to continue to contribute to the successful implementation of the GPZL Action Framework 2020-2030.

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Project to End Child Leprosy Among Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

26 February, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that ‘End Child Leprosy by 2030: Break Transmission and Eliminate Stigma’ was one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.

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Message to Japan from UN Special Rapporteur on Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy: Efforts to protect rights of persons affected by leprosy must continue

20 February, 2020 | Alice Cruz

Japan has achieved remarkable progress in protecting the rights of persons affected by leprosy and these efforts must continue, said Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, after concluding her eight-day visit to the country.

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The Partnership’s Mission to Morocco

11 November, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

In October the Partnership conducted its second country review of 2019 in Morocco. The review was requested by the Moroccan National Leprosy Programme, headed by Dr. Ibtissam Khoudri. The objective of the country review was to take stock of the programme’s current status and define key priorities for the future.

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Call for submission from the UN Special Rapporteur on Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy

23 October, 2019 | Alice Cruz

A letter from Alice Cruz, GPZL Leadership Team observer, and UN Special Rapporteur on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy and their Family Members, asking for input on the topic of her next thematic report, which will focus on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members.

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A New Case Detection Campaign in Comoros

20 October, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Takahiro Nanri, GPZL Vice Chair and Executive Director of the Sasakawa Health Foundation, was in Comoros last month for the start of a new case detection campaign. This will be the first time a new case detection campaign has been conducted on an island-wide basis on the islands of Anjouan, which is highly endemic for leprosy, and Mohelie.

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GPZL at the International Leprosy Congress

16 October, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) was well represented at the International Leprosy Congress in Manila, Philippines in September. GPZL’s participation included the presentation of the partnership’s country model and the model’s recent implementation in Nepal, and the launch and a demonstration of GPZL’s new best practices toolkit.

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Q&A: Dr. Maurico Lisboa Nobre’s dedication to the field of leprosy

23 July, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Dr. Mauricio Lisboa Nobre is a physician specializing in dermatology and leprology working in Natal, and is member of the technical advisor board for Brazil’s national leprosy program. He served as the Brazilian representative on the GPZL leadership team this past year and generously gave his time and expertise to the partnership.

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Q&A: Meet Dr. Quao, Ghana’s National Leprosy Programme Manager

7 July, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Dr. Benedict Quao leads the National Leprosy Programme in Ghana, and is the newest member of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s Leadership Team. We sat down with Dr. Quao to talk about his work in Ghana and the role of the partnership in supporting National Leprosy Programme Managers.

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