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 03/12/2013 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.
Posted on 31/07/2013 by
An article just published this month by ODI, Britain’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, examines the importance of current increased efforts to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases if wider inclusive development and health and well-being are to be achieved. Taking each of the Millennium Development Goals in turn, it looks at linkages between NTDs and poverty, nutrition, sanitation, water, education and the empowerment of women.
Posted on 30/07/2013 by
With around 250,000 new cases of leprosy each year, there are a number of remaining challenges facing those who are active in fighting this disease. There is, for example, a continuing need for residual morbidity management, prevention of disability work and stigma reduction efforts. A new Position Paper outlines the ILEP Federation’s preferred approach to address these challenges through a multi-track and multi-sectoral approach.
Posted on 26/07/2013 by
“It is time for the leprosy-endemic countries, as well as their international and national partners, to reaffirm their commitments and reinforce their participation towards addressing leprosy in order to ensure a leprosy-free world at the earliest.” Ministers of health from 17 high-burden leprosy countries in all WHO regions, stakeholders and the World Health Organization have publicly committed themselves in the Bangkok Declaration towards a Leprosy-Free World to giving higher priority to activities, supported by more resources, which will result in a world free of leprosy.