A Comprehensive Research Agenda for Zero Leprosy

The Zero Leprosy Research Agenda was published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty. 

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Persons affected by leprosy and the COVID-19 global health crisis: a consultative calls report from GPZL’s emergency response Working Group 2

A report from GPZL’s Emergency Response Working Group 2, published in the December 2020 issue of Leprosy Review.

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GPZL Working Group 1 assesses challenges and a path forward for leprosy during COVID-19

A report from GPZL’s Leprosy Emergency Operations Committee (LEOC), published in the December 2020 issue of Leprosy Review.

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Challenges and a Path Forward for Leprosy during COVID-19: Working Group 1 Report

Working Group 1 found that COVID-19 was having a direct impact on clinics, MDT supply, patient access to care, and NGO activities.

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Editorial: Evidence, opportunity, ethics, and the allure of zero leprosy by David G. Addiss

After a decade in which the long-term downward trend in the number of people diagnosed with leprosy (also known as Hansen’s disease) has stalled, there is new momentum toward a vision of zero leprosy. This has been facilitated by scientific advances, particularly related to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for leprosy, and the coming together of the leprosy community in a new Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy.

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Persons Affected by Leprosy and the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis: Working Group 2 Consultative Calls Report

Emergency Response Working Group 2: Emergency Advocacy for Persons Affected, has conducted consultative calls with individual persons affected and persons affected organizations to gather information about the challenges persons affected are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report details these challenges and concerns, covering access to health care, access to fundamental goods, access to government support, access to stable livelihoods, access to information about COVID-19, and the impact of intersecting vulnerabilities on the resiliency of persons affected.

In addition to the report, this document includes recommendations of specific actions NGO and government leaders can take to address the needs and challenges of persons affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The final section of the report is an open letter on COVID-19 and leprosy addressed to UN Member States from UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, Alice Cruz.

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GPZL Reports on Research Priorities

Reports on GPZL’s research priorities submitted to Leprosy Review, published in the September 2019 issue.

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Letter: Update on the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL)

Letter to the Editor submitted to Leprosy Review, published in the September 2019 issue. This letter details the progress of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy and lays out the Partnership’s goals for the future.

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Research Report: Diagnostics

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on diagnostics here.

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Research Report: Vaccines

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on vaccines here.

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Research Report: Stigma

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on stigma here.

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Research Report: Operational Research

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on operational research here.

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Research Report: Epidemiologic Modeling

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on epidemiologic modeling here.

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Research Report: Disability

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on disability here.

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Research Report: Digital Health

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. Download the report on digital health here.

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