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Young girl in Nepal receives preventive treatment (SDR-PEP) for leprosy

New NLR study predicts 90% leprosy reduction through preventive treatment of 40 million people in 22 years

2 March, 2021 | NLR International

To interrupt leprosy transmission and reduce annual new cases significantly, contact tracing and preventive treatment needs to be implemented in all leprosy-endemic countries Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 1, 2021 – New research by NLR, until No Leprosy Remains (NLR) and Erasmus University … More New NLR study predicts 90% leprosy reduction through preventive treatment of 40 million people in 22 years

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Sasakawa Leprosy Initiative

“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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Alice Cruz Call for Questionnaire

Call for Contributions from Persons Affected by Hansen’s Disease for Report to Human Rights Council

9 December, 2020 | Alice Cruz

The Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by Hansen’s disease and their family members, Alice Cruz, is preparing a report due to be presented at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2021. … More Call for Contributions from Persons Affected by Hansen’s Disease for Report to Human Rights Council

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Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela

Neglected Tropical Diseases: World Health Assembly endorses bold new road map targets for 2030

12 November, 2020 | World Health Organization

12 November 2020 — Today, delegates attending the virtual session of the Seventy-third World Health Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed the new road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) for 2021−2030. Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road … More Neglected Tropical Diseases: World Health Assembly endorses bold new road map targets for 2030

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Sasakawa Grant Program

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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LPEP Novartis

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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United Nations Special Rapporteur’s Official Visit to Brazil

24 May, 2019 | United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner

Statement by Ms. Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, about her first official visit to Brazil as the United Nations Special Rapporteur, which took place between May 7th and May 14th.

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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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