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The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy accelerates progress in research, country work, and resource mobilization to achieve a world without leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease.



Secretariat Director speaks in support of Special Rapporteur’s report to the Human Rights Council

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s Secretariat Director, Bill Gallo, spoke in support of the special rapporteur’s report, “Disproportionate impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on persons affected by leprosy and their family members: root causes, consequences and the way to recovery.”


Côte d'Ivoire Field WorkThe Partnership’s Mission to Côte d’Ivoire

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) conducted its country review of Côte d’Ivoire in mid-April. The review was requested by Côte d’Ivoire’s National Leprosy Programme, headed by Dr. Marcellin Assie. The objective of the country review was to take stock of the programme’s current status and define key priorities for the future following the Zero Leprosy Country Model.




GPZL Secretariat Director discusses leprosy prevalence and prevention on Voice of America

GPZL Secretariat Director, Bill Gallo, sat down with Linord Moudou, host of Voice of America’s Healthy Living series, to discuss leprosy prevalence and the new path toward prevention. The segment, “Fear and Loathing of Leprosy,” opens with perspectives of persons affected by leprosy in Ethiopia. They share their experiences with symptoms, treatment, discrimination, stigma, and disability.

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Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy
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About GPZL

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy is a coalition of people committed to ending leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease.

ILEP Policy for Images, Photos, and Language

All written materials, spoken words, photographs, or imagery used by the ILEP Federation must be used with integrity to respect and promote the dignity and honour of all persons affected by leprosy.


Providing PEP to people who may have been exposed to leprosy will reduce their risk of developing leprosy by 60%.

Zero Leprosy Country Model

We bring together partners in-country and international stakeholders to work on country-led customized strategies that address local needs and priorities to end leprosy.

2020 Impact Report

The Partnership shifted attention to COVID-19 response in 2020 and made progress in the country partnerships, research, and resource mobilization needed to reach zero leprosy.

Fact sheet: COVID-19 Crisis and Persons Affected by Leprosy

Persons affected by leprosy have been especially impacted by the worst consequences of the pandemic, due to preexisting vulnerabilities and economic precarity.

Leprosy in Asia

The Southeast Asian and Western Pacific Regions account for 75% of new leprosy cases globally.


Members, abbreviations, and key terms we use to discuss leprosy.

GPZL in the News

Unity is Strength: Conviction and Commitment with Foundation Raoul Follereau (RCF Radio)

Dr Roch Christian Johnson, President of the International Leprosy Association and medical advisor to Foundation Raoul Follereau (FRF), speaks about the collaboration between FRF and the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy.

Fear and loathing of leprosy (Voice of America)

Bill Gallo of the Global Partnership with Zero Leprosy discusses leprosy prevalence. In Ethiopia, people with leprosy face stigma and challenges.  

How COVID-19 adds to the challenges of leprosy-affected people (Inter Press Service)

According to a report published by Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, 76 percent of leprosy-affected people in 26 countries have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

Conference emphasizes need for partnership to create a world without leprosy (Inter Press Service)

Sasakawa also acknowledged that in other areas — such as the partnerships and networking — there has been great progress. The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy network was a significant step forward.

Leprosy lives on in Nigeria, 20 years after its ‘elimination’ as a public health problem (Devex)

A coalition of leprosy organizations known as the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy launched with a mission to end the disease once and for all.