Leprosy elimination

WHO calls robust global efforts to end transmission of leprosy infection

© Ed Hanley

22 September 2016 ¦ Geneva¦New Delhi¦Beijing −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to pilot innovative approaches to tackle continued transmission of leprosy.

Delegates attending the 19th International Leprosy Congress agreed to push for early detection, prevention and treatment and work to end the ongoing stigma associated with the disease.

The meeting took place in Beijing, People’s Republic of China from 19–21 September 2016.

Religious communities unite to address leprosy-associated stigmatization and discrimination

© Donna Todd

24 June 2016 | Vatican City | New Delhi | Geneva −−Major religions of the world can contribute to address the social dimension of leprosy control, support positive attitudes and promote a more humane, accommodating approach.

This is one of the messages that emerged from an international symposium held in the Vatican City on 9–10 June 2016.

WHO launches new global strategy seeking accelerated efforts to end leprosy

© Eric Montfort

20 April 2016 | New Delhi −−A new WHO global strategy for leprosy aims to reduce to zero by 2020 the number of children diagnosed with the disease.

The strategy also envisages lower newly diagnosed patients to less than one per million and a repeal of all discriminatory legislation.