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Reflections on the partnership’s first year

23 January, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Courtenay Dusenbury, Secretariat Director, reflects on the first year of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy. With the guidance and commitment of the leadership team, the partnership has created a governance structure, developed a long-term strategy, and has launched two working groups.

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Program Profile: Bangladesh

16 January, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Over the past several decades, great efforts have been made in ending leprosy worldwide. However, leprosy control in the South-East Asia Region remains a challenge. These countries are determined to overcome leprosy and its resulting complications. Every month we will be highlighting a new South East Asian country to show the steps they are taking to actively progress towards a leprosy-free world. This month we are looking at the country of Bangladesh.

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The Star 2018

7 January, 2019 | The Star Carville Louisiana

Read the 2018 issue of The Star, radiating the light of truth on Hansen’s disease. The purpose of The Star is to: 1) Promote an educated public opinion of Hansen’s disease. 2.) Serve as advocate for those who have experienced … More The Star 2018

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Photos: Inaugural Operational Excellence meeting, Amsterdam

13 December, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

 Managers from national leprosy programmes, along with representatives from ILEP organizations, are directing the upcoming efforts of the Operational Excellence working group.  They travelled from afar to participate in the inaugural Operational Excellence meeting, held 6-7 December in Amsterdam.

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Operational Excellence steering team prepares for take-off

12 December, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Managers from national leprosy programmes, along with representatives from ILEP organizations, are directing the upcoming efforts of the Operational Excellence working group. They travelled from Brazil, Benin, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the United Kingdom to participate in the inaugural Operational Excellence meeting, held 6-7 December in Amsterdam. Learn about the meeting discussions and tasks ahead for the working group.

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Photos: Visiting Sri Lanka

15 November, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Courtenay Dusenbury and Christine Fenenga of the secretariat team recently spent time in the Galle District of Sri Lanka. See their photos and learn more about the Sri Lanka leprosy programme, the Udugama Hospital’s satellite clinic, and the country’s innovations to track cases and serve its communities.

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Highlights from COR-NTD

12 November, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The leprosy community was well-represented at the recent annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), with a sessions on leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis (LPEP) and our Research Agenda Working Group.

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Meet Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur

12 September, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur, speaks with Courtenay Dusenbury, Secretariat Director, about her UN mandate and how that can align with the partnership’s efforts.

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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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Lessons from the field in Bihar, India

9 July, 2018 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Courtenay Dusenbury, Secretariat Director of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL), recently traveled to Bihar, India. In this article, she shares her observations of how the region is making progress despite challenging circumstances. The expertise of local partners, such as the professionals in Bihar, will be major contributors to the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s work.

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