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World Leprosy Day 2021: Events Around the World

17 March, 2021 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

World Leprosy Day is recognized internationally on the last Sunday of January to increase the public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. This slideshow showcases ways the leprosy community celebrated World Leprosy Day in 2021.

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GPZL Secretariat Director discusses leprosy prevalence and prevention on Voice of America

2 March, 2021 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

GPZL Secretariat Director, Bill Gallo, sat down with Linord Moudou, host of Voice of America’s Healthy Living series, to discuss leprosy prevalence and the new path toward prevention. The segment, “Fear and Loathing of Leprosy,” opens with perspectives of persons affected … More GPZL Secretariat Director discusses leprosy prevalence and prevention on Voice of America

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“Right to Work” Is Theme of 16th Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy

29 January, 2021 | Sasakawa Leprosy Initiative

TOKYO/BRUSSELS, January 28, 2021 – The 16th Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy will be launched in an online ceremony on January 31, 2021, World Leprosy Day. Organized by Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative, this year’s … More “Right to Work” Is Theme of 16th Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy

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Women affected by leprosy speak out about COVID-19 challenges

14 December, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Women affected by leprosy share concerns of the community of persons affected during the COVID-19 pandemic in a video, recently released by GPZL. By learning from these women affected by leprosy, the NTD community can strengthen strategies to reach zero discrimination, zero stigma, and zero disability for persons affected by leprosy and other NTDs worldwide. And by looking to the experts on the ground, including those who have experienced NTDs, NGOs and governments can better fill in the gaps in COVID-19 response.

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Sasakawa Health Foundation Announces Grant Recipients: Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy During COVID-19

4 November, 2020 | Sasakawa Health Foundation

TOKYO, Oct. 29, 2020 — Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative will launch a US$340,000 grant program on November 1 to support communities of persons affected by leprosy around the world that have been hard hit by the effects of the … More Sasakawa Health Foundation Announces Grant Recipients: Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy During COVID-19

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Contact tracing with prophylactic treatment could near-eliminate leprosy in a single generation, new research suggests

2 November, 2020 | Novartis International AG

Results from the Novartis Foundation-initiated Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP) program covered more than 150,000 people across seven countries Post-exposure prophylaxis with a single dose of the antibiotic rifampicin is safe, can be integrated into different leprosy control programs, and is … More Contact tracing with prophylactic treatment could near-eliminate leprosy in a single generation, new research suggests

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Grant Program for Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy/Hansen’s Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic

24 September, 2020 | Sasakawa Health Foundation

Sasakawa Health Foundation with support from The Nippon Foundation is implementing a grant program for organizations of persons affected by leprosy/Hansen’s disease to support people who have been severely impacted by the unprecedented crisis caused by the spread of the … More Grant Program for Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy/Hansen’s Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 Crisis and Persons Affected by Leprosy: Questionnaire Results

9 September, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a significant increase in the need for humanitarian aid and social protection measures. Persons affected by leprosy have been especially impacted by the worst consequences of the pandemic, due to preexisting vulnerabilities and economic precarity.

Governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and organizations of persons affected by leprosy have enacted policies and programmes intended to support persons affected during this crisis, although there are still gaps. To support the effectiveness of these interventions, and to help raise awareness of resources available to persons affected, the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s COVID-19 Emergency Advocacy Working Group and UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members Alice Cruz, gathered data on available programmes and resources. The following information was gathered through an online questionnaire from 100+ persons affected and partners, representing 24 countries.

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