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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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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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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Mme Chau: Mother of a Courageous Family

Posted on 01/06/2014 by Grégoire Detoeuf, FRF

Parents are vital to their children, although their contributions may not always be acknowledged. Global Day of Parents, 1st June 2014, provides an opportunity to pay tribute to them and their role in nurturing their offspring. To help mark this international day, Grégoire Detoeuf, Fondation Raoul Follereau’s Representative in Madagascar and Vietnam, shares the story of Mme Chau, a selfless, enterprising, devoted and loving mother.

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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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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.

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