Timor-Leste Eliminates Leprosy as a Public Health Problem
Leprosy has been declared eliminated as a public health problem in Timor-Leste. With this declaration, all SEAR countries have now eliminated leprosy as a public health problem, which is defined as a prevalence rate lower than 1 per 10,000 population at the national level. At the end of December 2010 Timor-Leste achieved elimination with 78 leprosy cases under treatment and prevalence rate of 0.73 per 10,000 population. The programme to eliminate leprosy commenced in 2003 with the World Health Organization, Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, The Nippon Foundation, and The Leprosy Mission International as the major collaborative partners.