Neglected tropical diseases

WHO calls for early detection, intensified efforts to eliminate leprosy

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.

“Disabilities do not occur overnight, but happen after a prolonged period of undiagnosed disease.” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia. “Early detection is key to achieve this target, alongside scaling up interventions to prevent leprosy transmission.”

Dr Khetrapal Singh’s message comes ahead of this year’s World Leprosy Day which focuses on achieving zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children. World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January.

Ashok Moloo
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