Leprosy Bulletin No.115


Leaders uniting in pursuit of a leprosy-free world

May 22–26, I attended the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Last year, some of the annual gathering’s activities were still online, but this year I did not notice any impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brazil’s commitment to realizing a world without Hansen’s Disease

The worldwide implementation of multidrug therapy (MDT) according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines in the 1980s dramatically decreased the prevalence of Hansen’s disease (HD).  Read more


Leprosy Research Initiative reaches 10-year milestone

The Leprosy Research Initiative (LRI) was set up in 2013 to boost research in leprosy after years of declining funding opportunities and a scattered funding landscape. It is a unique collaborative venture among partners who pool funding… Read more


Bogura Federation’s mental health initiatives

Bogura District Leprosy and Disability Development Association, also known as the Bogura Federation, was established in February 2014. The Federation is registered as a Community-Based Organisation (CBO) under the Government Social Welfare Department. Read more


Efforts in India towards repealing laws discriminatory against leprosy

For millennia, leprosy evoked a sense of fear among people, especially due to ignorance. This fear fueled exclusion and discrimination against people affected by the disease, creating barriers to their participation as equal members of society and violating their rights. Read more


Tribute to APAL leader Venu Gopal (1952-2023)

The Leprosy Bulletin is saddened to announce the passing of Venu Gopal, a person affected by leprosy and social worker in India, who also served as the vice president and CEO of the Association of People Affected by Leprosy (APAL). Read more


Meeting with health leaders at the 76th World Health Assembly

WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet with health leaders from around the world at the 76th World Health Assembly. He listened as leaders described the leprosy situation in their countries,… Read more