Report of the eleventh meeting of the WHO technical advisory group on leprosy control: New Delhi, India, 30 September 2011.
The Eleventh Meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Leprosy Control was held on 30 September 2011 in New Delhi, India. The members of the TAG reviewed the global leprosy situation and the mechanisms for monitoring progress in terms of the global target of reducing the rate of new cases with grade 2 disabilities. The issues discussed were: the current status of research in chemotherapy; progress of Uniform MDT for all cases; the global surveillance for drug resistance in leprosy; identifying next steps forward; and the importance of strengthening participation of affected people in leprosy programmes. The TAG unanimously endorsed the plan of action for the implementation of the "Enhanced Global Strategy to Further Reduce Leprosy Burden 2011-2015" and called for renewed efforts to: improve the quality of leprosy services; develop and implement intensive and innovative approaches for early detection and prevention of disabilities; and improved programme management. The report details the specific efforts considered to reduce and subsequently eliminate stigma and discrimination and to provide opportunities for leprosy research and socioeconomic rehabilitation of people affected by leprosy.