Global Leprosy Programme


Operational Manual: Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020

Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world

WHO - Global Leprosy Programme

The “Global Leprosy Strategy 2016–2020, Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world”, was officially launched on 20 April 2016. Its overall goal is to further reduce the burden of leprosy while providing more comprehensive and timely care following the principles of equity and social justice. The purpose of this Operational Manual is to provide guidance for managers of national leprosy programmes (or equivalent entities) to adapt and implement the Global Leprosy Strategy in their own countries. It follows the structure of the global strategy, providing a list of suggested actions under each of the three strategic pillars: i) strengthen government ownership and partnerships; ii) stop leprosy and its complications; and iii) stop discrimination and promote inclusion. Adapting the suggested actions to national contexts will help countries to reach the global targets set for the year 2020. The Operational Manual has been developed by the World Health Organization with inputs from various core stakeholders such as national programme managers, technical agencies, funding agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

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