November 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 .
Open Call: Join the Operational Excellence Working Group
Pour la version française, veuillez cliquer  ici . Para Português, clique  aqui .

We invite anyone working in leprosy or affected by leprosy to apply to the Operational Excellence Working Group. This working group will foster the development, use, scale-up, monitoring, and evaluation of best practices and promising innovations in national leprosy control programmes.

The working group will be organized in sub-groups, focusing on  five key areas . Each sub-group will:
  • Develop an inventory of best practices and innovation, which will be organized into a set of free online tools for countries.
  • Support country peer-to peer assessments to identify opportunities, challenges and needs in implementing tools towards zero leprosy.
  • Provide technical advice as needed when questions are raised about implementation of the online tools.

Your experiences and perspective will help build a learning community and accelerate progress towards a world without leprosy. Together, we can work collectively towards zero leprosy.
Research Agenda Working Group: Highlights from COR-NTD
The Research Agenda Working Group continues to make progress toward an aligned research agenda that will contribute to zero leprosy. Sub-groups have been drafting content which will be integrated in a final agenda by early 2019.

The leprosy community was well-represented at the recent annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) , with sessions on leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis (LPEP) and the work of the Research Agenda Working Group.

Facilitators from the working group presented summaries of their research areas. These presentations were followed by a rich discussion with members of the broader COR-NTD community. Read more about the sessions and cross-cutting issues.
Photos from Sri Lanka
Courtenay Dusenbury and Christine Fenenga of the secretariat team recently spent time in the Galle District of Sri Lanka. See their photos and learn more about the Sri Lanka leprosy programme, the Udugama Hospital's satellite clinic, and the country's innovations to track cases and serve its communities.
Call for Submission from the UN Special Rapporteur

Alice Cruz, UN Special Rapporteur and leadership team member (observer), is dedicating her next thematic report to the situation of women and children affected by leprosy and their family members with focus on stigma and discrimination. This report is due to be presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019.

To inform the report, Alice is seeking the confidential views and inputs of Members and observer States, National Human Rights Institutions, United Nations agencies, international and regional organizations, and civil society, including non-governmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders. 

She requests that stakeholders complete the questionnaire and submit by 31 December to using the email title: “Submissions to the Questionnaire.” Please contact for details or questions.

Download the questionnaire here:
Member Spotlight: IDEA
The International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA) is the first international advocacy organization whose leadership is primarily made up of individuals who have personally faced the challenges of leprosy. Learn more in IDEA's recent annual report.
Our membership is growing!
Our partnership continues to grow. See the current list of partnership members. Membership is open to all who are committed to zero leprosy and the partnership principles.

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