22 June 2022 · Raoul Follereau Foundation

Côte d’Ivoire: Zero Leprosy by 2030

On June 1 and 2 in Abidjan, a major advocacy and resource mobilization meeting took place to achieve an objective: zero leprosy in Côte d’Ivoire. These two days were a success and resulted in the signing of the “Abidjan Declaration.” The Raoul Follereau Foundation is, … Read More >

18 May 2022 · Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur

UN Special Rapporteur calls for input from persons affected by Hansen’s disease

The next report of the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly will focus on the national legal protections available for persons affected by Hansen’s disease. More specifically, the Special Rapporteur will focus on the rights provided for in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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.

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17 February 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

World Leprosy Day 2022: Events Around the World

World Leprosy Day is recognized internationally on the last Sunday of January to increase public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. This year it was celebrated on 30 January 2022. Organizations of persons affected by leprosy and leprosy community partners traditionally organize in-person … Read More >

27 January 2022 · Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria

Open letter to Bishop David Oyedepo in response to stigmatizing comments about leprosy 

The following is an open letter from Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria, an organization of women and children affected by Hansen’s disease, to Bishop David Oyedepo in response to his stigmatizing comments about leprosy. Dear Bishop David Oyedepo, As a Nigerian organization of people who have … Read More >

21 January 2022 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Guam proclaims January “Leprosy Awareness Month”

On 21 January 2022, Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Joshua F. Tenorio of Guam signed a proclamation establishing January as Leprosy Awareness Month and January 30, 2022, as World Leprosy Day. The Virtual Proclamation Signing Ceremony was broadcast on the Governor’s Facebook … Read More >

21 December 2021 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Persons affected show the way toward Zero Leprosy in Mozambique

People who have experienced leprosy share their experience of the disease with National Leprosy Programmes to help improve leprosy knowledge, skills, and health coverage in their country. Our new video shows this collaboration between persons affected and the National Leprosy Programme of Mozambique.

15 November 2021 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Secretariat Director speaks at 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific

Bill Gallo, Secretariat Director of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, delivered a statement on behalf of the Task Force for Global Health at the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. The statement is in support of agenda item 14.4: … Read More >

Progress Toward Zero Leprosy

New global leprosy data shows the path to disease elimination. This resource illustrates leprosy prevalence, recent successes, current challenges, and action needed to achieve further progress toward zero leprosy.

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4 October 2021 · Lever for Change

Swift Grant Awarded to Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, NTD Support Center, and Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics

In May 2021, Lever for Change introduced the Swift Grants fund, aimed to provide small grants to Bold Solutions Network members for collaborative projects. This fund provided an outlet for the world’s top problem solvers to leverage expertise and join forces to find creative solutions … Read More >

28 September 2021 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The Path to Zero Leprosy in Côte d’Ivoire

In April 2021, The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy and the National Leprosy Programme of Côte d’Ivoire reviewed the country’s leprosy activities and created a national Zero Leprosy Roadmap. Dr. Roch Christian Johnson shares the results of the country review and road-mapping process and explains … Read More >

1 July 2021 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

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

The Special Rapporteur for the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, Alice Cruz, presented her report to the 47th Session of the Human Rights Council on 1 July 2021. The report is titled, “Disproportionate impact of the coronavirus disease … Read More >

17 March 2021 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

World Leprosy Day 2021: Events Around the World

World Leprosy Day is recognized internationally on the last Sunday of January to increase the public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. This slideshow showcases ways the leprosy community celebrated World Leprosy Day in 2021.

2 March 2021 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

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 … Read More >

14 December 2020 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Women affected by leprosy speak out about COVID-19 challenges

Women affected by leprosy share concerns of the community of persons affected during the COVID-19 pandemic in a video, recently released by GPZL. By learning from these women affected by leprosy, the NTD community can strengthen strategies to reach zero discrimination, zero stigma, and zero disability for persons affected by leprosy and other NTDs worldwide. And by looking to the experts on the ground, including those who have experienced NTDs, NGOs and governments can better fill in the gaps in COVID-19 response.

6 November 2020 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

SDR-PEP Webinar Series: The Role of Persons Affected in SDR-PEP Implementation

Learn about SDR-PEP, why is it needed, and the role of persons affected by leprosy in successful SDR-PEP implementation. Hear from Alice Cruz, Amar Timalsina, and the WHO Global Leprosy Programme.

The COVID-19 Crisis and Persons Affected by Leprosy: Questionnaire Results

The economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a significant increase in the need for humanitarian aid and social protection measures. Persons affected by leprosy have been especially impacted by the worst consequences of the pandemic, due to preexisting vulnerabilities and economic precarity.
Governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and organizations of persons affected by leprosy have enacted policies and programmes intended to support persons affected during this crisis, although there are still gaps. To support the effectiveness of these interventions, and to help raise awareness of resources available to persons affected, the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s COVID-19 Emergency Advocacy Working Group and UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members Alice Cruz, gathered data on available programmes and resources. The following information was gathered through an online questionnaire from 100+ persons affected and partners, representing 24 countries.

The situation in countries regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing. This page will be regularly updated. If you have an update or correction to this information, please contact us.

 

Interested in further information about COVID-19 response in these and other countries?

View these articles from our partners and other organizations:

“Caring Through the Coronavirus Crisis” from The Leprosy Mission Scotland

“Coronavirus Response” from American Leprosy Missions

“COVID-19 Emergency Appeal Update” from Lepra

“COVID-19: Leprosy or tuberculosis patients at risk” from Action Damien

“Liberia: How Ebola prepared us for COVID-19” from effect:hope

“Our response to COVID-19” from the Leprosy Mission International 

Social Protection Responses to COVID-19 Crisis around the World data dashboard from the International Labour Organization

“Supporting Persons Affected by Hansen’s Disease during the Coronavirus Pandemic” from the Sasakawa Health Foundation

14 August 2020 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Open letter to Laois City Councilor Willie Aird, organized by a global network of persons affected by leprosy

An open letter to Laois City Councilor Willie Aird, written by a global network of persons affected by leprosy, in response to his recent public comments. 

Lettera aperta al Ministro degli Affari Esteri Luigi Di Maio, redatta da una rete informale e globale di persone affette dalla lebbra

Lettera aperta al Ministro degli Affari Esteri Luigi Di Maio, redatta da una rete informale e globale di persone affette dalla lebbra.

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31 May 2020 · Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

Open letter to Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, organized by a global network of people affected by leprosy

An open letter to Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, written by an informal, global network of people affected by leprosy, in response to his recent public comments.