Scientific Working Group report on Leprosy (TDR)
In 1977, the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Leprosy estimated the global number of leprosy cases to be over 12 million. In 1981, WHO convened the Study Group on Chemotherapy for Leprosy Control, which recommended combined-drug regimens based on supervised intermittent administration of rifampicin for both multibacillary (MB) and paucibacillary (PB) leprosy. Thanks to the implementation of this multidrug therapy (MDT), substantial progress in leprosy control has been achieved and over 12 million cases had been cured by 2002.
A meeting of the Scientific Working Group (SWG) for chemotherapy in leprosy was held in November 2002. The report of this meeting, produced by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is available for download, either as a large single .pdf file or as smaller separate .pdf files.
SWG Meeting Report 2002 (full document)
SWG Meeting Report 2002 (Main Report)
SWG Meeting Report 2002 (Annexes 1-4)
SWG Meeting Report 2002 (Annexes 5-7)
SWG Meeting Report 2002 (Annexes 8-10)
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