ILEP President Addresses Delegates Gathered to Seek Innovative Approaches to Prevent Disabilities Caused by Leprosy

Posted on 17/07/2014 by ILEP

"Leprosy is not in a medical silo”, stressed Mr René Stäheli, President of ILEP, urging all engaged in fighting leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases to look for new synergies and intervention-based, rather than disease-based, strategies to prevent disability as well as to share knowledge.

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The Gift of Pain - 100th Anniversary of Birth of Doctor who Revolutionised Treatment of Leprosy

Posted on 17/07/2014 by ILEP

An old man is rescuing a yam that has fallen off a stick by thrusting his hand straight into the red hot coals of a charcoal brazier. Hand surgeon Dr Paul Brand, watching this scene at a leprosy hospital in New Guinea realised that people affected by the disease have no warning system alerting them to pain. That insight transformed the treatment of leprosy and today, 17th July 2014 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Marie Staunton: Interim Chief Executive for ILEP

Posted on 10/07/2014 by ILEP

An experienced NGO leader, Marie Staunton, has been appointed as interim Chief Executive of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations. Over the next six months she will work with Members on a strategy to maximise ILEP’s effectiveness for the millions of women, children and men who are affected by leprosy and the stigma of leprosy and for those at risk of the disease. She will help recruit the next Chief Executive.

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The First Step towards Diagnosing Leprosy is to Suspect Leprosy

Posted on 01/07/2014 by ILEP

“The first step towards diagnosing leprosy is to think of the possibility of leprosy” wrote D L Leiker in the introductory paragraphs to the chapter on differential diagnosis in Leprosy, edited by Robert Hastings. In countries where leprosy is rare these days this is highly relevant, since leprosy presents with a broad range of symptoms that can be found in other conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, diabetic neuropathy or arthritis.

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New Leadership Team for The Leprosy Mission International

Posted on 16/06/2014 by TLMI

A new leadership team has been in place at The Leprosy Mission International since May 2014. Alongside Geoff Warne, General Director/CEO, they are:

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Lepra Society’s New Chief Executive

Posted on 16/06/2014 by ILEP

In April 2014 Ashim Chowla took up the role of Chief Executive in the Hyderabad office of Lepra Society. He brings a wealth of experience and skills to this organisation which restores health, hope and dignity to people affected by leprosy and other diseases linked to poverty, discrimination and disability, including 25 years in development in India and roles with UNICEF and the Department for International Development.

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Seventh Session of States Parties to Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 10th – 12th June 2014

Posted on 13/06/2014 by ILEP

“When deeds speak, words are nothing”, said Macharia Kamau of Kenya, referring to an African proverb as he closed the Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is recognised as one of the most important global mechanisms on disability. He urged delegates of the necessity of working to translate the best practices and experiences shared over the three days together on implementing the CRPD, for expectations are now high that the Conference will make the promise of this Convention a reality.

Categories: International Collaboration

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WHO’s Disability and Rehabilitation Team Calls for Case Studies and Personal Stories

Posted on 13/06/2014 by ILEP

Evidence-based case studies of good practice in health-related rehabilitation that help attain universal health coverage are required to illustrate the Guidelines on Health-Related Rehabilitation currently being developed by the World Health Organization and partners. Examples are needed that reflect the guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and preferably be of people with disabilities and user groups which have been actively involved.

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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis as a New Approach to Leprosy Control

Posted on 12/06/2014 by ILEP

Among interesting articles and editorials in the conference handbook to the recent Drug Discovery and Development for NTDs Conference of the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, is one by Paul Saunderson, Medical Director of ILEP Member American Leprosy Missions, on post-exposure prophylaxis as a new approach to leprosy control.

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Novartis Foundation to Work with Netherlands Leprosy Relief to Help Reduce Leprosy Transmission

Posted on 10/06/2014 by Novartis Foundation

The Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Project is being launched in Surabaya, Indonesia, 10th – 12th June 2014, by the Novartis Foundation with Netherlands Leprosy Relief and several other Members of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations. In pilot sites in several countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, collaborators will aim to introduce leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis for contacts of patients newly diagnosed with leprosy in a bid to reduce the risk of those persons also getting leprosy.

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