Countries in South America
Of all the South American states Brazil remains the most endemic for leprosy. With around 50,000 new cases per year in recent years Brazil remains the second most endemic country after India. Much smaller numbers (in the tens or hundreds) are detected in the surrounding countries of Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Guyana and Paraguay. In Brazil much progress has been made in both training and coverage of services and the focus of the National Leprosy Control Programme is now on priority states and districts where most new cases are detected. An important impact was made in tackling stigma by decreeing that the use of the term leprosy be outlawed and replaced with ‘Hansen’s disease’.
Posted on 03/04/2014 by
“Intensive Disease Management of leprosy cannot be time limited by a 2020 target” ILEP General Secretary Mr Douglas Soutar insisted. Further he told participants at the Uniting to Combat NTDs Conversation on Progress 2nd April 2014, that intensive, innovative and collaborative disease management will be needed if “we are to avoid some ‘neglected’ diseases becoming ‘re-emerging’ diseases”.
Posted on 21/03/2014 by
Water is crucial in improving the health and sanitation of people affected by leprosy, from the taking of medication to caring for ulcers. Those who do have disabilities due to leprosy may find it very difficult to collect water from hard to reach sources such as rivers. As celebrations and events are happening around the world to mark World Water Day on 22nd March 2014, Mahider Tesfu, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for WaterAid Ethiopia has kindly given ILEP permission to share a briefing note on their experience of helping people with disabilities, including those due to leprosy, through mainstreaming of sanitation, hygiene and water.
Posted on 21/01/2014 by
New collaborative initiatives are being taken by ILEP Members, Novartis, the World Health Organization and national programmes to generate support to strengthen contact tracing and development of new tools to enable early diagnosis and possible prevention of disease in high endemic areas, reports Mr René Stäheli, President of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations, ILEP.
Posted on 03/12/2013 by
In striving for a more inclusive world for all, the power of language cannot be underestimated. For the two to three million persons with leprosy related disabilities stigma and discrimination may often be worse than the disease itself. Much of this is perpetuated by the use of one particular word: ‘leper’ and exacerbated by words such as ‘disabled’ or ‘deformed’.
Posted on 02/12/2013 by
If you know an exceptional individual who has overcome the significant challenges of leprosy to make extraordinary contributions to society, you have until 7th March 2014 to nominate them for the 2014 Wellesley Bailey Award.
Posted on 11/10/2013 by
Following release of the most recent data on leprosy in the world in the World Health Organization’s Weekly Epidemiological Record on 30th August 2013, the reported new case detection rate has been corrected to 4.0 from 0.4 in the original version.
Posted on 25/09/2013 by
23rd September 2013: The International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations wholly endorses the statement of the historic High Level Meeting on Disability and Development in New York, that the needs of persons affected by disabilities must be directly addressed by the post-2015 development agenda that succeeds the Millennium Development Goals.
Posted on 30/08/2013 by
A total of 232,857 new cases of leprosy were reported to the WHO as recorded in the 30th August 2013 issue of the World Health Organization’s Weekly Epidemiological Record. The data has been provided to the WHO by 25 countries from the African Region, 28 countries from the Region of the Americas, 20 from the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 11 from South-East Asia Region and 31 countries from the Western Pacific.
A Life of Dignity for All: Accelerating Progress towards MDGs and Advancing UN Development Agenda Beyond 2015
Posted on 29/08/2013 by
ILEP welcomes this recently published Report of the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, which incorporates input received from over a million people through an extensive UN consultation process. It is delighted that this Report includes references to disability, a crucial development because the MDGs did not include disability even though there are estimated to be over a billion people in the world, including more than two million persons with disabilities due to leprosy, who face substantial barriers in their lives.
Posted on 23/08/2013 by
WHO has launched an online consultation on its draft action plan to ensure better health for people with disabilities that is open to anyone interested in improving health outcomes for people with disabilities. In particular, views are sought from persons with disabilities, disabled peoples’ organisations and civil society organisations, international development agencies, professional organisations and service providers involved in the delivery of rehabilitation services.