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September 2020

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

Bill Gallo joins GPZL as Secretariat Director


Bill Gallo joins the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) this month as Secretariat Director. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in global health and diverse experiences in policy and programme management. He is excited to take on this leadership role following 33 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Bill has held a number of previous directorial and advisory positions at the CDC, most recently as Deputy Director of the Office of Insular Affairs and Senior Advisor for the Pacific Islands. Bill has spent most of his career at the CDC in field assignments, overseeing programme implementation, and serving as the primary link between health department/ministry leadership and the CDC. Read more.

WHO Global Leprosy Update

The Global leprosy update, available in English and French, was published in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record on 4 September. Data on the prevalence of leprosy at the end of 2019 was collected in 160 countries in all 6 WHO regions. The report calls for prevention initiatives including “active leadership by national programmes, meaningful engagement of persons affected by leprosy, concerted efforts by all members of GPZL and WHO, and uninterrupted supplies of MDT and of rifampicin for PEP” to achieve Global Leprosy Strategy goals for 2021 - 2030.

2020 NTD Innovation Prize Winners Announced


American Leprosy Missions, in partnership with Novartis, presented the NTD Innovation Prize at the closing plenary of the NTD NGO Network (NNN) Conference last week. Congratulations to first prize winners, Dr. Hugues Nana Djeunga and M. Arnauld Efon Ekangouo at the Centre for Research on Filariasis and other Tropical Diseases (CRFilMT) in Yaounde, Cameroon. They receive $20,000 for their work on cell-free DNA as a biomarker to diagnose river blindness (onchocerciasis).

We are also excited to congratulate second prize winners, Dr. Deanna Hagge, Dr. Suwash Baral, and Dr Arie de Kruijff from The Leprosy Mission and Dr. Janis Spigulis from the University of Latvia, who received $15,000 for their work with a spectral imaging diagnosis process to identify leprosy lesions. Read more about the winners and finalists' proposals

Call for Nominations: ILEP Technical Commission & Advisory Panel

 
The ILEP Technical Commission and the ILEP Advisory Panel both come up for re-appointment in October. The two groups work closely with one another to coordinate guidance at ILEP Federation. Download the terms of reference and nomination form to apply for the Technical Commission. Contact Monty Mukhier at mmukhier@ilepfederation.org for the terms of reference and nomination form for the Advisory Panel. Nomination forms and CVs are due to officer@ilepfederation.org  by 21 September. Read more about how to nominate. 

From Our Partners

Novartis announces ambitious ESG targets to increase access to medicines and achieve full carbon neutrality
Novartis announced a new 2025 target to increase patients reached in LMICs with strategic innovative medicines by 200% and the Novartis Flagship Programs by 50%. These initiatives would reach over 23 million patients. Novartis also announced an enhanced target for full carbon neutrality across all company operations and the entire supply chain by 2030. Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis, said “Novartis continues to take bold steps to deepen our impact on major global challenges, like access to medicines and climate change.”

NLR PEP4LEP Skin Camps Begin Screening in Tanzania
The first skin camp in Lindi, Tanzania was organized in July 2020. Following COVID-19 precautions, health care workers screened 103 contacts and diagnosed one new person with leprosy. 

Sasakawa COVID-19 Response Projects in Nepal
Nepal is one of three countries where Sasakawa Health Foundation has begun COVID-19 response projects from June to support communities of persons affected by Hansen’s disease during the pandemic.

Upcoming Events

WHO NTD Webinar: What innovation is needed in NTDs to reach the 2030 targets across 20 diseases?
18 Sep 2020 | Online

ILEP Conference on Digital Technologies and Leprosy Expertise
21 - 23 Sep 2020 | Online | Invitation only

WHO NTD Webinar: What role does disability and stigma play in planning elimination, eradication and control of NTDs?
07 Oct 2020 | Online

ILEP Members' Assembly
12 - 14 Oct 2020 | Online | Invitation only

GPZL Leadership Team Fall 2020 Conference
19 - 21 Oct 2020 | Online | Invitation only

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.
 
Learn more and apply
Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy | zeroleprosy.org

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