International Development Committee’s Report on Disability and Development

Posted on 23/04/2014 by ILEP

“The more visible disabled people are in development work, the easier it will be to reverse the damaging patterns of discrimination that have, for so long, left disabled people behind.” So concludes the summary of the International Development Committee’s Eleventh Report of Session 2013-14. ILEP welcomes this recognition by the UK Parliament. They have long advocated for equal participation of persons affected by disabilities in all areas of life, particularly those with disabilities as a result of leprosy, but also for those with disabilities due to other Neglected Tropical Diseases such as Lymphatic filariasis and Buruli ulcer.

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Hazards of Setting Targets to Eliminate Disease: Lessons from Leprosy Elimination Campaign

Posted on 11/04/2014 by ILEP

Interesting article published in the British Medical Journal in February this year by Professor Diana Lockwood et al drawing on experience of setting elimination targets in leprosy and response from J Barbosa and peers in 22nd March 2014 issue of that journal.

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Koen van den Abeele Assumes Role of CEO for DFB

Posted on 09/04/2014 by Koen van den Abeele/ILEP

On 1st February 2014, Koen became CEO of Damien Foundation Belgium. Koen is not new to Damien Foundation Belgium as he joined them over three years ago after serving for 11 years as CEO of an important centre for social action and assistance in Brussels.

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Intensive Disease Management Cannot be Limited by a 2020 Target

Posted on 03/04/2014 by ILEP

“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”.

Categories: International Collaboration, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and Central America, Oceania, South America

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Morbidity Management & Disability Prevention in LF: Lepra’s Role in Drafting Guidelines for WHO

Posted on 02/04/2014 by Rajnikant Singh, Jayaram Parasa & M Sakuru

Among Neglected Tropical Diseases that have disabling consequences such as leprosy and lymphatic filariasis there is much scope to scale up interventions to help greater numbers through collaboration to try and prevent the development of disabilities and also to provide care and treatment for those who are affected by them. The experience and expertise of ILEP Member Lepra in instituting an integrated approach to disability care for these two diseases in India, lead the World Health Organization to commission Lepra to share their knowledge more widely through the drafting of WHO’s new publication: Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention in Lymphatic Filariasis.

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Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress Webcast and Live Q&A, 2nd April 2014

Posted on 01/04/2014 by ILEP

This will be broadcast live from the Institut Pasteur in Paris from 18:00 – 19:30 Central European Time/12:00 – 13:30 Eastern Standard Time.

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In Memory: Professor Michel Lechat

Posted on 26/03/2014 by Dr Etienne Declercq, DFB

Sadly the renowned leprologist Professor Michel Lechat passed away on 28th February 2014 aged 86. In his encomium Dr Etienne Declercq, Medical Advisor for ILEP Member Damien Foundation Belgium, writes of Professor Lechat’s life-long passion for leprosy, his remarkable achievements and his open-mindedness, capacity to view each problem in its larger context and his capacity to inspire those who worked with him.

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World Water Day 2014: Why is Water Important in Caring for People with Leprosy?

Posted on 21/03/2014 by WaterAid Ethiopia/ILEP

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.

Categories: International Collaboration, Ethiopia, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and Central America, Oceania, South America

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Leprosy Research Initiative Calls for Research Proposals

Posted on 18/02/2014 by NLR

The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) is a combined venture of the Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR), American Leprosy Missions (ALM), German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA) and The Leprosy Mission Canada (TLMC). Guided by an allied policy with clearly defined research priorities, the four partners have established a joint fund to support leprosy research.

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Dr Dirk Engels Appointed Director of WHO’s NTD Department

Posted on 12/02/2014 by ILEP

“We are certain that Dr Engels will continue the growing and increasingly important interaction between the leprosy community and the WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Department. We are particularly encouraged by his support not only for preventive chemotherapy and transmission control, but also for the vital elements of innovative and intensive disease and morbidity management which are required by leprosy and indeed many other NTDs.”

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