Global Leprosy Programme

The Nippon Foundation donates US$ 2 million to fight leprosy

WHO’s Global Leprosy Program received US$ 2 million from The Nippon Foundation at an event in Geneva on 20 May 2014. 232 857 new leprosy cases were detected globally in 2012. The Global Leprosy Program aims to reduce the disease burden due to leprosy. Most countries have achieved elimination goal of less than 1 case per 10 000 population, however new cases continue to be detected. Leprosy elimination activities therefore need to be accelerated at sub national levels.

Twelfth Meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Leprosy Control, Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 10-11 April 2014

WHO Global Leprosy Programme successfully concluded the 12th Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting for Leprosy Control at the Regional Office for Africa, Brazziville, Republic of Congo, from 10-11 April 2014. The meeting was attended by all nine TAG members, national programme managers from high burden countries, public health experts and strategic programme partners.

International Leprosy Summit: Overcoming the remaining challenges, Bangkok, Thailand, 24-26 July 2013

Advocacy for political commitment to leprosy control will have to continue, and with intensified efforts. This is to overcome complacency in countries; the complacency that is due to the understanding that leprosy has completely disappeared. Sustaining and maintaining that care and services for persons affected by leprosy are essential indeed. Even more important, the quality of these services has to be further improved, in the light of available know-how and technology. Deformity due to leprosy must be prevented and properly corrected and the affected persons rehabilitated socially and occupationally. ---Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, Regional Office for South-East Asia

WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy

Yohei Sasakawa is Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation established in 1962 for the purpose of carrying out philanthropic activities. He was appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy in May 2001. Sasakawa describes the elimination of leprosy as his life’s work. He spends almost one third of every year visiting endemic countries, meeting with political leaders to seek their political commitment to reduce the leprosy burden, liaising with health authorities and frontline health workers, talking to people affected by leprosy, supporting the reintegration of people affected by leprosy into mainstream society and making himself available to the media in order to raise public awareness of the issue.

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