August 2018
Each month, we share our progress, next steps, and profiles of the people involved in the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy. To learn more about the partnership, please visit our website .
Call for Participants: Join the Research Agenda Working Group
The Research Agenda Working Group will develop research priorities in  seven sub-topic areas . This group will assess current research, identify gaps and prioritize the new knowledge needed to reach the goal of zero leprosy. Its goal is an aligned, prioritized research agenda to support advocacy for investment.

Criteria for Participants
  • Expertise in one of the sub-topic areasScientists and researchers in leprosy or other NTD areas are encouraged to apply. Persons affected by leprosy and country programme managers are also welcome to apply and bring their perspective to the groups.
  • Availability to participate in conference calls during the September-October timeframe.
  • Ability to review drafts and provide comments within a short timeframe.

The membership application will be open until 17 August.
Operational Excellence Working Group
The Operational Excellence Working Group 's purpose is to facilitate the uptake, monitoring and evaluation of best practices and promising innovations in national leprosy control programmes.

We're pleased to announce that Bart Vander Plaetse has been named chair and Christine Fenenga is the coordinator for this group. An open call for participants will come out in September.
José Ramirez Jr.: Dispelling myths and lessening stigma
José is a leadership team member for the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy and is the board chair for the International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA).

He has also personally experienced leprosy. José, from Laredo, Texas, was diagnosed with leprosy as a teenager and lived for 7 years in the national leprosarium at the time, the U.S. Public Health Hospital in Carville, Louisiana. His treatment involved experimental drugs that led to multidrug therapy. While he was eventually cured, this experience led him to champion the rights and dignity of all people.

In this interview, José discusses the valuable work of IDEA, and how everyone can act to help dispel myths about leprosy.


Video: The Partnership and Opportunities Ahead
Hear from some of the voices in the partnership. Leadership team members and partners discuss why a global partnership is needed at this time and the opportunities ahead.

Join the Partnership!
Membership is open to all who are committed to zero leprosy and the partnership principles. Learn more and apply.
Upcoming Events
NNN 2018
24-26 Sep 2018 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The 9th NTD NGO Network (NNN) conference will take place at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference Center (ECACC) in Addis Ababa. A session titled “Strategies for National Capacity Building and Partnership in Leprosy Programs” will include brief presentations on the new WHO guidelines and preliminary results of the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy working groups.

ILEP meetings October 2018
9-12 Oct 2018 | Brussels, Belgium
The ILEP October meetings 2018 will be hosted by the Damien Foundation. The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy’s leadership team will convene during this meeting on 11-12 October.

2018 COR-NTD Meeting
26 Oct - 27 Oct 2018 | New Orleans, Louisiana
This year's 2018 COR-NTD Meeting's theme is “Engage to Eliminate.” A discussion panel will present initial recommendations from the Research Agenda Working Group and seek input from the COR-NTD research community on its framework. While the meeting is not currently open for registration, you may indicate your interest by filling out this form to join the waiting list.


Our online calendar lists global leprosy events and meetings. Are you hosting a meeting related to leprosy? Let us know by completing the contact form .
Global Partnership for Zero Leproy | www.zeroleprosy.org