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WHO expert committee on leprosy: eighth report.

Abstract

Since the introduction of multidrug therapy for leprosy in 1981, an estimated 15 million patients have been cured of the disease and disabilities have been prevented in some 2-3 million individuals. These remarkable results have been brought about by the synergistic efforts of WHO, governmental and nongovernmental bodies, academia, industry and affected communities throughout the world. Nevertheless, much remains to be done - both to sustain this progress and to effect a further reduction in the impact of leprosy on patients and their families. This report presents the conclusions and recommendations of the WHO Expert Committee on Leprosy, whose eighth meeting reflected the recent shift in emphasis of leprosy elimination to reducing of the impairments and disabilities caused by the disease and ensuring the quality and sustainability of leprosy services. The Committee analysed the global leprosy situation, discussed elements of epidemiology, and reviewed developments in treatment of the disease and management of complications. Sociocultural issues were addressed, as was the need for community care, accessibility of health services, and effective referral systems. Indicators for monitoring and evaluation were outlined and research priorities were set out.

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Type
Report
Author
WHO Expert Committee on Leprosy
World Health Organization
Year of Publication
2012
Series Title
World Health Organization technical report series
Document Number
968
Number of Pages
61 p.
Language
eng
Institution
World Health Organization
City
Geneva
ISBN Number
978-92-4-120968-7
Call Number
130 WHO b, WHO_TRS_968_eng
Publication Language
eng