Leprosy Bulletin 117


“Don’t Forget Leprosy”campaign shifting focus to national level

Two years have passed since I launched the “Don’t Forget Leprosy / Hansen’s Disease” campaign. Initially, the campaign aimed to spread the message that efforts to eliminate leprosy and related stigma and discrimination must continue even during the pandemic. Read More


“Interruption of transmission”: A challenge

There has been much discussion of global targets for leprosy control ever since the initial declaration in 1991 to “eliminate” the disease “as a public health problem,” defined as reduction of prevalence below 1 case per 10,000 population. Read more


Observations regarding WHO’s Global Leprosy (Hansen disease) update based on 2022 data

“Global Leprosy (Hansen disease) update, 2022: new paradigm – control to elimination” presented reports received from 182 out of 221 (80%) countries and territories using DHIS2 software, an open source health information management system coordinated by the HISP Centre at the University of Oslo. Read more


Open letter to the next Special Rapporteur: Acknowledge the true owners of your mandate

Being appointed as a United Nations Special Rapporteur is not only a great honor, but also evidence of the appointee’s willingness to serve on a voluntary basis those who experience injustice. Read more


Finding an extended family in Felehansen

My name is Diana Patricia Medina Córdoba. I was born in Cartagena, a port city in Colombia that faces the Caribbean Sea. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease. I am one of four people in my family to have had the disease. Read more


Update from Bangladesh

In 2019, the National Leprosy Conference in Bangladesh was organized with the support of the Sasakawa Health Foundation and graced by the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Read more


Goodwill Ambassador visits Bangladesh for the first time in four years

Sept. 3–5, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa visited Bangladesh for the first time since he attended the First National Leprosy Conference held nearly four years ago in December 2019. Read more


Armauer Hansen International Film Festival to be held in Bergen in October

The world’s first film festival on the topic of leprosy (Hansen’s disease) will be held in Bergen, Norway, from October 24 to 26, 2023. Read more