Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020: Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world
The Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020 "Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world" was developed through a series of consultations with various stakeholders during 2014 and 2015. Inputs were provided by national leprosy programmes, technical agencies, independent leprosy experts, public health experts, funding agencies and representatives of affected patients and communities. The strategy is built around three major pillars: (i) strengthen government ownership and partnerships; (ii) stop leprosy and its complications; and (iii) stop discrimination and promote inclusion. Its goal is to further reduce the global and local leprosy burden, thereby aiming for zero children with leprosy-affected disabilities, a reduction of new patients diagnosed with leprosy-related deformities to less than one per million population and a repeal of all laws that allow discrimination of leprosy patients. The strategy was endorsed by the WHO Technical Advisory Group on leprosy.
Strategic plan for measles elimination and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome control in the South-East Asia Region, 2014-2020
The Sixty-sixth WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia in September 2013 resolved to adopt the goal of measles elimination and rubella/CRS control in the South-East Asia Region by 2020. In response, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia developed this Strategic Plan for Measles Elimination and Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Control in the South-East Asia Region. This strategic document provides technical support to Member States in their efforts to develop elimination policy and strategies, while strengthening their immunization and surveillance systems and improving their programme performance. In this way, these ambitious 2020 goals can be met.