Leprosy Bulletin No.114



Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world

In Brazil, as of January of this year, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is once again president, and I would like to begin by offering my heartfelt congratulations to him on his inauguration. Read More


Brazil’s contribution to a new era of Hansen’s disease (HD, leprosy) control

Since the advent of multidrug therapy (MDT) in the 1980s, the peak of new Hansen’s disease cases diagnosed in a year was 804,357 in 1998 [1]. On May 13, 1991, during the 11th plenary meeting of the 44th World Health Assembly,…  Read more


HCRP Museum’s Scientific Library opened in March

The Hospital Colónia Rovisco Pais (HCRP) was established in 1947 in the Cantanhede municipality of Coimbra, Portugal, as a therapeutic village for around 1,000 inpatients. Until 1976, it was the epicenter of the country’s fight against Hansen’s disease. Read more


Update from APAL’s new president, Maya Ranavare

Since taking on the role of president of the Association of People Affected by Leprosy (APAL), I have visited many leprosy colonies in various states and met related government authorities in their offices. Read more


New chairman of PerMaTa Indonesia shares his goals

I am very honored to have been elected by the people affected by leprosy in Indonesia to be the president of PerMaTa. PerMaTa is a national organization by and for persons affected by leprosy with several branches;… Read more


PerMaTa Solawesi’s young leaders confirm value of peer support

PerMaTa is a people’s organization founded in Indonesia in February 2007. It operates in three provinces — East Java, South Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara — and has 2,100 members nationwide. Read more


Event in Bergen marks 150th anniversary of Hansen’s discovery of the leprosy bacillus

On Feb. 28, 2023, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa joined in marking the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the leprosy bacillus by Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen by attending an event at the University of Bergen in Norway. Read more