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Understanding the Role & Impact of CBR in Mandya District of Karnataka Research Initiative

Report of First Meeting of Scientific Advisory Group AIFO Office

Bangalore (India) 15 – 17 April 2009

The objective of the first Scientific Advisory Group meeting was to focus mainly on defining the instruments and the methodology of the first process of investigation “Understanding and measuring overall role and impact of CBR in improving the quality of life of persons with different disabilities in terms of improving their own control over their own daily lives and functionings, participation in different aspects of life, and access to different services, over the five domains of the CBR matrix”. More >…




Sasakawa Calls for a Focus on Social Rehabilitation of Leprosy Patients

“The medical and social rehabilitation are like two wheels of a bicycle and only together they can confront leprosy in a true sense. With Multi Drug Therapy curing a large number of people, it is time now to enhance the focus on social rehabilitation to rid them of the stigma attached to leprosy.”  These were the message that Mr Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Elimination of Leprosy, gave when he visited Delhi, Varanasi and Kolkata in September 2008. More>…


International Leprosy Congress

The Seventeenth International Leprosy Congress, the first since India achieved elimination of leprosy as a public health problem was held from 30th January to 4th February 2008 in International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The Congress was attended by over two thousand delegates including eminent scientists, country program managers and social activists from more than sixty countries. Most importantly Persons Affected by Leprosy (PALS) from over twenty countries also came to participate in this conclave. WHO was one of the co-sponsors of the Congress. More>…



Post Elimination Era

New Paradigms in Leprosy

In the post elimination era the National Leprosy Eradication Program envisages an expansion in the scope of the program. In keeping with the WHO Global Strategy 2006-2010 and the Eleventh National Plan the program now calls for a further reduction of the leprosy burden, providing quality leprosy services, enhancing disability management and reducing stigma and discrimination through increased advocacy. In view of the need to sustain leprosy services for the future a shift from the campaign approach towards sustainable integrated quality services is being put in place. The program will strive to continue providing basic diagnosis and treatment of leprosy of better quality along with additional appropriate services for deformity care, drug management, awareness and advocacy.

India achieves Elimination of leprosy as a Public Health Problem   More>…


Combating leprosy, a success story

Then and now

In 1981, when the presence of the disease was considered to be at its peak in India, the Prevalence Rate (PR) was 57 per ten thousand population. In March 2008 it had fallen to 0.74.  The number of patients under treatment was about four million then, it is about eighty seven thousand now.  In 1991 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to Eliminate Leprosy as a Public Health Problem, defined as reaching a prevalence of less than one per ten thousand population. India achieved this goal at the end of the year 2005.  Twenty nine states have achieved elimination. Presently only six states/UTs (four major states and two   Union Territories) out of 35 have a prevalence of over one, the other states have achieved elimination. At the district level, 482 districts out of 614 have achieved the goal. More>...

Status and activities in leprosy

Epidemiological situation

The Prevalence Rate has fallen from 0.84 in March 2006 to 0.74 at the end of the financial year 2007-08. The total number of cases under treatment has fallen from 95,151 to 87,228 in the same period.  The fall in PR seems to have slowed down in the last two years. It is assumed that the bulk of the operational factors are neutralized now and the PR is more reflective of the real situation. More>…

Initiatives in the National Leprosy Eradication Program of India

Modified MDT Management

The Government has initiated procedures for modifying the MDT management based on requisition as per the number of patients detected in each PHC. This had been suggested by WHO. The new MDT management scheme had been started experimentally in Orissa and Kerala. More>…



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