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WHO Expert Committee on Leprosy: Eighth Report
Posted on 3 September 2012 by
This Report, which presents the recommendations and conclusions of the WHO Committee on Leprosy, can now be purchased from the World Health Organization.
The members of the Expert Committee note that despite the fact that an estimated 15 million patients have been cured of leprosy since the introduction of Multi-drug therapy (MDT) in 1981, much still remains to be done towards sustaining these gains and further reducing the impact of this disease, especially to reduce the physical, mental and socio-economic consequences of leprosy on people affected and their families.
To further reduce the global burden of leprosy this Report suggests focussing on reducing disabilities and impairments due to leprosy, which entails detecting and treating cases early, through:
individual countries adopting the target to reduce grade two disability in new cases per 100,000 population by 35% between 2011 and 2015; and
working towards achieving a global goal of reducing to one new case of leprosy with grade two disability (visible) per million population by 2020.
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The conclusions and recommendations were summarised in a Report that was submitted to the WHO Executive Board in January 2011: LeprosyReportforWHO128thEB