Leprosy elimination

Leprosy – improved reporting, active case-finding and enhanced data collection reveal hidden cases

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18 September 2017 | Geneva | New Delhi –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a modest increase in the number of new leprosy cases during 2016.

The increase – mainly linked to improved active case-finding and enhanced data collection – is part of a recently introduced 'consolidated' online reporting system. A total of 2810 additional cases were notified in 2016 compared with 2015.

WHO calls for early detection, intensified efforts to eliminate leprosy

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27 January 2017 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to scale-up interventions with a focus to avoid transmission of leprosy . An intensified, all-inclusive approach can prevent thousands of infections every year.

Leprosy: lessons to be learnt in overcoming discrimination and stigmatization

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8 November 2016 | Seoul | New Delhi | Geneva −− The World Health Organization commends the initiative by countries to abolish laws enacted in the past and which allowed discrimination against people affected by leprosy.

Despite global progress, discrimination and stigmatization pose huge barriers to equitable treatment and social inclusion of leprosy affected people.

India’s massive leprosy case detection campaign reaches 320 million people

Recent case detection campaign revealed thousands of 'hidden' cases
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18 October 2016 | Geneva | New Delhi –– A recent door-to-door leprosy case detection campaign in India has screened a record 320 million people, revealing thousands of ‘hidden’ cases in some of the country’s districts.

The campaign by the National Leprosy Elimination Programme covered 149 districts across 19 states and mobilized almost 300 000 health workers.

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