The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted leprosy control and prevention, and in response, GPZL has established three working groups to address the leprosy community’s key challenges during the global health crisis, and spearhead emergency response.

GPZL’s three COVID-19 response working groups are:

  • Chronicling and providing support for the urgent needs of National Leprosy Programmes, particularly for access to MDT and follow-up care.
  • Advocating for access to comprehensive healthcare, social protection services and humanitarian measures for persons affected by leprosy or Hansen’s Disease, and their families.
  • Preparing GPZL for the post-pandemic global health landscape.

This webpage will share information about the progress of these working groups, as well as other guidance, news, and useful information from our partners.

Advice about leprosy and COVID-19:

Advice about leprosy and COVID-19 from the WHO Global Leprosy Programme, ILEP, UN Special Rapporteur Alice Cruz, and the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy. Includes guidance on diagnosis and clinical management of leprosy patients, public health aspects of leprosy in the COVID-19 pandemic, and services for persons living with disabilities and/or psychosocial consequences of leprosy.

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Working Groups:

Working Group 1: Leprosy Emergency Operations Committee chaired by Ms. Arielle Cavaliero (Novartis) and Dr. Benedict Quao (Leprosy Program Manager, Ghana), and will include WHO’s Global Leprosy Program and others working directly in the supply chain for multi-drug therapy (MDT). This group is addressing and resolving issues in supply of drugs for treatment of leprosy and leprosy reactions, and other forms of care such as wound care, disability care, and social care, and supporting the work of National Leprosy Programmes.

Working Group 2: Emergency Advocacy for Persons Affected chaired by Dr. Alice Cruz (U.N. Rapporteur for Persons Affected and their Families) and Mr. Amar Timulsina (President of IDEA Nepal) is spearheading a global advocacy campaign so that no patients are left behind. This group is working with persons affected organizations and individuals to gather perspectives on their needs and challenges during the COVID-19 health crisis, and is connecting that information with key stakeholders.

Working Group 3: Post COVID-19 chaired by Mr. Geoff Warne (ILEP CEO) and Dr. Takahiro Nanri (Executive Director, Sasakawa Health Foundation), is working to develop modeling to inform future health scenarios, policy for a post-COVID world, is linking leprosy to new funding for health system strengthening, and engaging with other disease and advocacy groups.

For more information about these work groups, or for questions about GPZL’s COVID-19 strategy, please contact us.


GPZL COVID-19 Resources

 

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 facing persons affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report details these challenges and concerns, and offers recommendations of specific actions NGO and government leaders can take to address the needs and challenges of persons affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Updated: 11/06/2020
 

Open letter from UN Special Rapporteur on COVID-19 and leprosy

Open letter on COVID-19 and leprosy to the 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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Updated: 10/04/2020
 

Advice about leprosy and COVID-19

Advice about leprosy and COVID-19 from the WHO Global Leprosy Programme, ILEP, UN Special Rapporteur Alice Cruz, and GPZL. Includes guidance on diagnosis and clinical management of leprosy patients, public health aspects of leprosy in the COVID-19 pandemic, and services for persons living with disabilities and/or psychosocial consequences of leprosy.

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Updated: 10/04/2020

COVID-19 News

Working with Programs

GPZL’s COVID-19 Working Groups: June 2020 Update

16 June, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted leprosy control and prevention, and in response, GPZL has established three working groups to address the leprosy community’s key challenges during the global health crisis, and spearhead emergency response. This article is an update on their progress.

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Working with Programs

GPZL’s COVID-19 Working Groups: May 2020 Update

12 May, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted leprosy control and prevention, and in response, GPZL has established three working groups to address the leprosy community’s key challenges during the global health crisis, and spearhead emergency response. This article is an update on their progress.

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Multi-drug therapy

GPZL’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan for 2020

14 April, 2020 | Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in some countries and just beginning to be felt in others, GPZL’s Leadership Team has identified the leprosy community’s key challenges and outlined an emergency response plan for 2020. This plan will ensure that the GPZL’s substantial expertise and network is focused on the urgent situation being faced by National Leprosy Programmes and persons affected by the disease, and their families.

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