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August 2019

Each month, we share our progress, next steps, and profiles of the people involved in the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL).

Interview with Amar Timalsina, President of IDEA Nepal

We sat down with Amar Timalsina, president of IDEA Nepal, during July's Nepal Mission to talk about his personal experiences with discrimination and stigma as a person impacted by leprosy, and his work for inclusion and dignity restoration among persons impacted in Nepal. Watch the video interview here.

20th International Leprosy Congress

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy will host a booth and present a session at the upcoming 20th International Leprosy Congress about the Zero Leprosy Country Model

"GPZL's Country-Model Approach in Practice," Wednesday, 11 Sept, 16:15-18:00

The session will include an introduction to the country model, a discussion of its recent implementation in Nepal, and a demonstration of GPZL's new best practices toolkit. The session will close with a panel discussion that will elaborate on the value of the country model approach, answering the questions: why should countries adopt this approach, and how is it different from how countries worked before?

GPZL will also be highlighted in the following session: 

OPENING CEREMONY; PLENARY 1 - Global Partnerships, Inclusions and Heritage, Wednesday, 11 Sept, 8:30-12:15

Bill Simmons, Chairman of the GPZL Leadership Team will offer thoughts about GPZL'S perspective on global partnerships as part of the opening plenary of the congress.

10th NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference

The 10th NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference is held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, 17 - 19 September. This year's theme is Our Vision Beyond 2020: Many Partners, One Voice. The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) will be highlighted in several sessions:

“Using the NTD-Action Framework in a National Partnership Approach to reach Zero Leprosy in Nepal,” Tuesday, 17 Sept, 14:00-15:30

Dr. Rabindra Baskota, dermatologist and leprosy specialist, coordinated with the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population, GPZL, WHO and many stakeholders to develop an in-depth country review and roadmap plan for Nepal. He will present the findings as part of a rapid fire presentation panel. 

Leprosy workshop, Wednesday, 18 Sept, 09:00-12:30 (with break)

Join the leprosy community for a half-day session on Wednesday. The workshop will focus on GPZL’s research priorities, the recent findings from Nepal’s country review mission, WHO targets and the NTD framework.

“Understanding and evaluating successful drivers for partnership to achieve the 2030 NTD goals,” Thursday, 19 Sept, 11:00-12:30

The NTD community must build effective and scaled-up partnerships to deliver targeted strategies. This workshop will host a discussion panel with representatives across different disease areas and then break into small groups to explore topics such as:
·      How to define a partnership
·      Identifying key opportunities and challenges in partnerships
·      Measuring impact and making the case for working together

Research reports now online 

The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analyzed current research and developed priorities in several key areas that could accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. 

The reports from the eight sub-groups are now available on our website. Edited versions will be published in Leprosy Review this September and we are also working on a commentary for a global health journal.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Transmission of Mycobacterium leprae can best be interrupted by introducing new preventive interventions. Chemoprophylaxis in the form of single-dose rifampicin (SDR) given to close contacts of leprosy patients has been shown to reduce their risk of developing leprosy. This report presents the history of leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis and summarizes various studies. For planning an intervention like PEP, an understanding of various research areas is needed. This report poses key questions for topics such as leprosy prevalence and surveillance, mapping, PEP intervention effectiveness, PEP effectiveness under routine conditions, cost studiences, quality of leprosy screening and more.


Although most leprosy-related disabilities are preventable, an estimated 2-3 million people live with leprosy-related impairments. Disability is more than physical dysfunction; it includes activity limitations, stigma, discrimination, and social participation restrictions in interaction with contextual factors. The Subgroup on Disability identified key research areas related to disability that are needed to prevent and reduce leprosy and the consequences of the disease. This report details research areas and questions under two main categories: I. Preventing Disabilities among Persons Affected by Leprosy and II. Minimizing the Impact of Living with Impairments due to Leprosy.
View and download all sub-group reports

Recent News:

The GPZL offers supports to national programmes through a unique country model approach and recently returned from a mission to Nepal.
Read about and view pictures from the mission.
Dr. Mauricio Lisboa Nobre is a physician specializing in dermatology and leprology. He served as the Brazilian representative on the GPZL leadership team this past year. Read more about his work improving the lives of people with leprosy.
Resource mobilization is a key part of the work of the partnership, and GPZL is actively working to increase the alignment of existing leprosy funding and to identify and secure new funds. 
Read about the partnership's recent resource mobilization work.

Upcoming Events

20th International Leprosy Congress
10-13 Sep 2019, Manila, Philippines

The 20th International Leprosy Congress is an opportunity for scientists, researchers, health staff, partners and individuals affected by leprosy to interact, discuss and share experiences. Its theme is “Global Partnership in Addressing Current Challenges.” For registration and more details, visit the website.

10th NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference
17-19 Sep 2019, Liverpool, United Kingdom

The 10th Annual NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference is an opportunity for communities who are collectively focused on research, implementation and policy work to come together to discuss and plan areas of future work that will enhance and strengthen mutual global networks. Its theme is 'Our Vision Beyond 2020: Many Partners, One Voice'. For registration and more details, visit the website.

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.
Working together towards zero leprosy: join the partnership

Membership is open to all who are committed to zero leprosy and the partnership principles. See the current list of partnership members.
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