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.
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.
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.
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.
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
18 August, 2018 | Task Force for Global Health
Joseph Amon and David Addiss describe how drug doses alone can’t address neglected tropical disease (NTD)-related challenges such as mental health, stigma, and poverty. They argue that NTD programs should commit to caregiving for affected persons and adopt a human rights approach into the fight against NTDs.
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
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.
26 June, 2018 | World Health Organization
WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme is about to release the Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy. The Executive Summary can be accessed while the full document will be accessible in the coming weeks. The Guidelines will provide state-of-the-art knowledge and evidence … More Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of leprosy
19 June, 2018 | United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner
States must act now to stop the widespread, systemic, multi-layered and institutionalised discrimination suffered by persons affected by leprosy and their family members, a UN human rights expert has said. “States not only have a duty, but also an obligation … More UN rights expert urges action to end “civil death” of persons affected by leprosy
17 May, 2018 | ILEP
ILEP’s Rosa Argent caught up with Courtenay Dusenbury, the Secretariat Director of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, to find out what attracted her to the role and how important she believes the role of ILEP members will be in achieving zero leprosy.
14 May, 2018 | Smithsonian Magazine
A new study suggests the disease was far more diverse in Europe than previously believed Leprosy is one of the oldest and most notorious diseases of human history. Symptoms consistent with the leprosy are described in ancient records from India, … More Did Leprosy Originate in Europe?