16 June 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy
Core Team shares next steps toward ending leprosy in Uganda
Uganda’s National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme developed a Zero Leprosy Action Plan. Core Team members, Dr Stavia Turyahabwe, Dr Rose Kengonzi, and Dr Joseph Kawuma, report on what was achieved and reflect on the next steps toward ending leprosy in Uganda.
Dr Stavia Turyahabwe, Assistant Commissioner
In the three days, we have been able to develop the high-level interventions, activities, and milestones that will help us to reach 2030 zero leprosy status. We want to see where we will be at the end of 2022, at the end of 2025. We want to track and see what we have achieved so that it informs our next steps.
Dr Rose Kengonzi, National Leprosy Coordinator
We hope to have a stakeholder engagement toward the end of the year. That’s when we shall launch the action plan and the whole roadmap process so we can be able to start implementing. I’m sure as we go through the different stages that we need to do to produce the final product and present it to the ministry and other ministries and other partners, it should be a good advocacy tool to make sure that people know that leprosy actually exists because many people think it’s not there.
Dr Joseph Kawuma, Leprosy Consultant
I am particularly impressed by the participation of the people who are present in this discussion. It gives me hope that when we form the partnership, it will be owned by the people we had in the room. They understood what they were talking about. They were thinking positively about what we are trying to do.
Learn more about Uganda’s Zero Leprosy Action Plan >