Leprosy elimination

Leprosy: world focused on ending transmission among children

The Nippon Foundation

26 January 2018 |Geneva| New Delhi –– Despite the availability of free medicines, diagnostics and strong political support the transmission of leprosy infection is continuing.

On World Leprosy Day, the World Health Organization has called on countries, partners and the global community to focus on achieving zero child infection by 2020.

In 2016, nine out of every 100 new infections involved children.

Leprosy – improved reporting, active case-finding and enhanced data collection reveal hidden cases


18 September 2017 | Geneva | New Delhi –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a modest increase in the number of new leprosy cases during 2016.

The increase – mainly linked to improved active case-finding and enhanced data collection – is part of a recently introduced 'consolidated' online reporting system. A total of 2810 additional cases were notified in 2016 compared with 2015.

WHO calls for early detection, intensified efforts to eliminate leprosy

© G. Lausack

27 January 2017 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to scale-up interventions with a focus to avoid transmission of leprosy . An intensified, all-inclusive approach can prevent thousands of infections every year.

Leprosy: lessons to be learnt in overcoming discrimination and stigmatization

© Ed Hanley

8 November 2016 | Seoul | New Delhi | Geneva −− The World Health Organization commends the initiative by countries to abolish laws enacted in the past and which allowed discrimination against people affected by leprosy.

Despite global progress, discrimination and stigmatization pose huge barriers to equitable treatment and social inclusion of leprosy affected people.

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