Leprosy

Nepal has sustained the elimination of leprosy as a public health problem at national level since 2010 and efforts are towards elimination at district level through early case detection, treatment and other strategies.

Nepal has sustained the elimination of leprosy as a public health problem at national level since December 2009 (defined as prevalence rate of <1 case per ten thousand population). However, around 18 districts still have prevalence above elimination level and contribute to three fourth of total new case load and average 3200 new cases are detected annually.

New strategy for 2016-2020 has been drafted in line with Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020 which targets to achieve district level elimination by 2020 and to reduce grade 2 disability among children to zero and below one case per million among all new cases.

WHO provides technical support to the program in developing national guidelines, supply of MDT drugs, active case finding, training of health workers for capacity building and advocacy at the national level.

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