UN health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy
Kajal Savanur
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. The strategy aims to, by 2020, reduce to zero the number of children diagnosed with leprosy and related physical deformities; reduce the rate of newly-diagnosed leprosy patients with visible deformities to less than one per million; and ensure that all legislation that allows for discrimination on the basis of leprosy is overturned. “A strategy can only be as good as its implementation,” Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-east Asia, said in New Delhi at the launch of the global strategy for 2016-2020 ‘Accelerating towards a leprosy-free-world.’
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