Leprosy Bulletin No.103: From elimination as a public health problem to zero leprosy



From elimination as a public health problem to zero leprosy

Thirty years ago, in 1991, the 44th World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to eliminate leprosy as a public health problem at the global level by the year 2000.  Read More


Reflections on 30 years of the elimination strategy

The resolution by the World Health Organization (WHO) to “eliminate leprosy as a public health problem by the year 2000,” adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1991, was instrumental in changing the face of leprosy… Read more


Task Force on Criteria for Elimination of Leprosy (TFCEL) and Its Outcomes

The new WHO Global Leprosy Strategy 2021-2030 “Towards zero leprosy” has recently been published.¹ Now that we have a tool in hand to prevent leprosy — post-exposure (chemo)prophylaxis (PEP) with single-dose rifampicin (SDR)… Read more


Seeking international recognition for Sungai Buloh

Ninety years ago in Selangor, Malaysia, a lush valley known as Sungai Buloh was transformed into a home for leprosy patients. Covering an area of 562 acres, the Valley of Hope, as it is sometimes called, was the largest leprosy settlement in the British Empire and the second largest in the world. Read more


COVID-19 relief efforts for India’s self-settled leprosy colonies

The COVID-19 pandemic has left us in the face of an unprecedented crisis. The most severely impacted have been the poor and marginalized population, including persons affected by leprosy residing in self-settled leprosy colonies. Read more


Establishment of rapid diagnostic method to detect rifampicin resistance

Sasakawa Health Foundation is supporting research being conducted by Koichi Suzuki, professor of medical technology at Teikyo University, and Kei Mikita, assistant professor… Read more



We have updated our vision, mission, goals, and strategies, which you can see the graphic summary below. Read more


New website for Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative

The Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative has launched a new English language website. With colors representing the strategic alliance of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination (red),…  Read more


Eduardo de Miguel Selma

  1. A tool to fight stigma and social exclusion around the world so that dignity can be restored to all persons who died in oblivion and…  Read more


Remembering Dr. P.K. Gopal

Dr. P.K. Gopal passed away on March 18, 2021. Born in Tamil Nadu, India, Dr. Gopal was diagnosed with leprosy at the age of 12. After being cured, he devoted his life to helping others affected by the disease.  Read more