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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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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Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Research Project Attracts Memento Prize for Research

Posted on 11/02/2014 by ILEP

Professor Gisela Bretzel and Dr Marcus Beissner have won acclaim for their highly innovative and collaborative approach to the control of Buruli ulcer and leprosy, through receipt of the Memento Prize from an alliance of the Deutsche Lepra- und Tuberculosehilfe, a member of the ILEP Federation, Doctors Without Borders and the BUKO Pharma-Kampagne.

Categories: News and Notes, Technical information, International Collaboration, Africa, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo

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ILEP Member in Alliance Awarding New Prize to Stimulate Advances in Combating Neglected Diseases

Posted on 11/02/2014 by DAHW/ILEP

The Deutsche Lepra- und Tuberkulosehilfe, a member of the ILEP Federation, together with Doctors Without Borders and the BUKO Pharma-Kampagne, have set up the Memento Prize for Neglected Diseases. The first recipients were recently announced. German politicians Karin Roth (SPD) and Anette Hübinger (CDU, MdB) were singled out for their engagement in more public calls for research. Two of the awardees, Dr Gisela Bretzel and Dr Marcus Beissner of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, were recognised for their research into leprosy and Buruli ulcer.

Categories: News and Notes, Research, International Collaboration

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Obituary: CAPT. Judith Ann Goins Bell-Krotoski

Posted on 09/01/2014 by ILEP with Linda Lehman

Judith Bell-Krotoski, who passed away on 20th October 2013, worked extensively with the international leprosy community to distribute monofilaments and develop testing protocols to evaluate sensation in persons with leprosy. She was known and respected internationally for her extensive research in the area of sensibility testing, objective measurement of peripheral neuropathy, validation of objective test, biomechanics and correction of impairments and disability prevention.

Categories: News and Notes, North and Central America

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Appeal from Hearts of Persons Affected by Leprosy to His Holiness Pope Francis

Posted on 16/12/2013 by ILEP

ILEP General Secretary, Mr Douglas Soutar, welcomes the open letter to His Holiness Pope Francis on International Human Rights Day, from Mr Yohei Sasakawa, the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy, and organisations of persons affected in nine countries, for the concerns it expresses. Equally for suggesting, as had ILEP, that His Holiness consider taking the opportunity of World Leprosy Day on Sunday 24th January 2014 to make a positive and supportive statement seeking the end of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, including the use of discriminatory language.

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Community-Based Approaches to Patient Detection and Improving Leprosy Services

Posted on 02/12/2013 by York Lunau, NFSD/Ernst Hisch, DAHW

This Workshop prior to the International Leprosy Congress in Brussels allowed for a lot of inspiring information and communications. Unfortunately, there is always a danger that a lot of the good ideas get lost in the following weeks. The take-away from the Workshop was that there is a strong sympathy towards community-centred approaches. At the same time there is a tremendous risk of this getting lost in all the interesting and important aspects of the topic.

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Call for Nominations: Wellesley Bailey Awards 2014 for Courage and Achievement

Posted on 02/12/2013 by TLMI/ILEP

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.

Categories: News and Notes, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and Central America, Oceania, South America, Africa

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Obituary: Professor Richard Morrow

Posted on 21/11/2013 by ILEP

A pioneer in international public health, Professor Richard Morrow, who passed away on 17th August 2013, introduced the innovative concept of measuring the burden of disease through loss of useful life through premature death and disability.

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