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Thank you to Dr. David Addiss: Key Adviser to the Partnership

27 March, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Dr. David Addiss has been an essential part of the formation of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy and a key advisor. We thank him for his counsel and contributions this month as he moves on to a new project at the Task Force for Global Health.

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Program Profile: Nepal

20 March, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Over the past several decades, great efforts have been made in controlling leprosy worldwide. However, leprosy remains a challenge in many countries, with South-East Asia bearing the brunt. These countries are all determined to overcome leprosy and its complications. This month we will be highlighting Nepal and showing the steps they are taking towards a leprosy-free region.

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Program Profile: Maldives

20 February, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The beautiful island country of Maldives is featured this month. Maldives is making great progress towards ending leprosy, with only a small number of new cases per year. Read about the history of leprosy in Maldives, its many activities for treatment and surveillance, and its initiatives to support people with disabilities.

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Steps forward: upcoming research agenda, country strategies and collaborations

19 February, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The formal report of the International Task Force on Disease Eradication (ITFDE) meeting on leprosy outlined six important conclusions and recommendations. Its recommendations are a stark reminder of how much is still unknown about the disease, and how much more needs to be done to develop the research, global targets, anti-discrimination initiatives, funding and other tactics necessary for Zero Leprosy. Secretariat Director Courtenay Dusenbury reflects on steps forward in the last year: a research agenda, strategies to work with countries, and partnerships.

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Inaugural research meeting, August 2018

Aligning key research needs

18 February, 2019 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The Research Agenda Working Group is nearing completion on its recommendations. It is hoped that the development of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy research agenda, through a broad and inclusive process, will help to align the leprosy community (and potential partners and donors) around key research needs and priorities for the future. Resource mobilization and support for the research agenda will be undertaken by the new Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Working Group as a key component of its efforts in 2019.

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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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