Hopes of fresh momentum in fight against leprosy, but stigmatization persists

Progress is being made in the fight against leprosy, but millions are still affected by the disease, and many sufferers have to contend with social exclusion. On World Leprosy Day, marked annually on 31 January, experts are calling for an end to ongoing discrimination and stigmatization.

End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

 Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human rights expert said on Sunday, World Leprosy Day.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon

This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand’s Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by leprosy in Brazil.

UN health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy

The United Nations health agency today launched a new global strategy for a world free of leprosy, calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma.

“Neglected” tropical diseases targeted in Asia

Efforts are being stepped up by the UN to eliminate what it has called “neglected” tropical diseases in South-East Asia.

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Leprosy still affecting many people in India and Brazil

Eliminating leprosy and the stigma associated with the disease has been the mission of a Japanese philanthropist for many decades.

In 2001, Yôhei Sasakawa became the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.

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UN health agency extends partnership for the eradication of leprosy

Continuing their effort to eliminate the age-old stigma of leprosy, the United Nations health agency and a major pharmaceutical company signed an agreement today to extend, until 2010, their joint programme of free medicine that has led to the cure of about 4 million patients around the globe since the year 2000.

Ending stigma and isolation key to leprosy elimination, UN health agency says

Despite great progress towards the goal of eliminating leprosy as a public health problem, serious concerns remain in several countries, the United Nations lead health agency said today at a gathering of leprosy endemic countries and partners in Myanmar.

Key milestone reached in fight against leprosy, UN health agency reports

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the attainment of a major target in the global fight against leprosy thanks to early diagnosis and free treatment in communities at risk.