Novartis Ties Bond Sale to Malaria Treatment Access in Sustainability Push Novartis Ties Bond Sale to Malaria Treatment Access in Sustainability Push
Novartis raised 1.85 billion euros on Wednesday from the sale of a bond on which interest payments will rise if the drugmaker fails to expand access to medicines and programmes to combat malaria and leprosy.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID Crisis Challenges in People with Disabilities and Hansen ’s Disease
By Padmini MurthyNEW YORK, Aug 10 2020 (IPS) Even during the best of times, unfortunately members of the global community who have special needs are marginalized and often treated as social outcasts. The COVID crisis which has been raging for over the better part of the year 2020 has posed additional barriers and challenges for these already disenfranchised individuals. Padmini MurthyThese people are at a higher risk for contracting COVID -19 with reduced access to health care services, personal protective equipment such as masks, basic hygiene facilities and sanitation .Many of these people with physical and mental disab...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Padmini Murthy Tags: Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Scientists identify 21 drugs that show promise for treating COVID-19
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute scientists identified 21 compounds that could help treat coronavirus, including everything from an approved leprosy drug to a failed allergy drug. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: TB Notification App Launched
[This Day] To find and treat more tuberculosis cases in Nigeria, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) and the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) have launched a mobile application for screening and notifying TB cases by private healthcare providers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Elimination of Leprosy
Traveling man: the Goodwill Ambassador shares a joke with two residents of a leprosarium in Krantau, Uzbekistan during a visit in 2013.By External SourceMay 29 2020 (IPS-Partners)   Warm greetings from Sasakawa Health Foundation in Tokyo. The 100th Issue of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s Newsletter has been published. Read special interviews with the Goodwill Ambassador and the UN Special Rapporteur on leprosy, and check out the Timeline of all that has happened since the first issue. My Journey Continues I started this newsletter in April 2003 to share information about the fight against leprosy. This marks th...
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What Are Potential Complications of Tattooing?
Discussion “Tattooing of skin via deposition of pigment particles and ink ingredients in the dermis changes normal skin into abnormal skin. Fortunately, this often causes no harm and no disease, although with important exceptions.” Tattoos can be inadvertent from road dirt, gunpowder, pencil graphite etc., but most are desired. Tattoos are common in many cultures and over time..They have been increasing in popularity in the United States over the past few years particularly with a younger, wider and more diverse population. Newsweek reported an 18-country study in 2018 which showed 46% of Americans have a tat...
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Olive oil industry under increasing threat from 'olive leprosy'
Italian, Spanish and Greek farmers set to lose billions unless drastic action is taken to combat bacterium that has killed millions of treesOne of southern Europe ’s most important staples,olive oil, is under pressure from apotentially deadly disease that new research shows could infect nearly all of the productive areas of Italy, Greece and Spain.Economic losses could be as high as €5bn over the next 50 years for Italy, whereat least 1m trees have already died, if nothing is done to halt the spread of the disease and olive groves are not replanted,the study found. In Spain, losses could total €17bn over th...
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Nigeria: 100 Million Nigerians Threatened By Tropical Diseases, Says Ehanire
[This Day] Abuja -The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said about 100 million Nigerians are currently faced with the risk of some tropical diseases such as Guinea worm, leprosy, elephantiasis, river blindness, rabies and sleeping sickness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Leprosy Still Endemic in 18 States - Govt
[This Day] Abuja -The federal government has said that 18 states are currently leprosy endemic, with few cases of the disease also being reported in others. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
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Kenya: Feared and Forgotten, Leprosy Still in Kenya
[Nation] Leprosy, an antiquated disease so old that people only relate to it through the Bible, affected 109 people in Kenya in 2018 due to ignorance in the public and healthcare workers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Minister Irked Over Public Stigma of Lepers
[Daily News] THE government has asked members of the public to avoid unwarranted discrimination, stigma and prejudice against people suffering from leprosy, as it insists that early diagnosis and treatment for the deadly ancient disease remains free of charge at all health facilities countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy
 Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human rights expert said on Sunday, World Leprosy Day. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Tanzania Makes Headway in Reducing Leprosy
[Daily News] TANZANIA has recorded dramatic reduction of new leprosy cases over the past five years, consolidating further its disease elimination status which it reached in 2006 as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) requirements and criteria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Leprosy Re-emerges as a Global Health Challenge
Sattamma, a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state, says that even though she no longer has Hansen’s Disease, she remains discriminated against because of it. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India , Jan 23 2020 (IPS) Fifteen years ago, Sattamma – a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India’s Telangana state – was abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with Hansen’s Disease. Last October, while her neighbours were celebrating Diwali, Sattamma was homeless again as her landlord threw her out of the house aft...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Brazil Hansen's disease India Indonesia leprosy Source Type: news

A Leprosy-Free World Is Possible
By Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 20 2019 (IPS) From Dec 11-12 the plight of people with Leprosy took centre stage during the National Conference on Zero Leprosy Initiative 2030 and at the historic and the first-ever the Conference of Organizations of persons affected by Leprosy- in partnership with the Nippon Foundation. Participants engaged and discussed issues impacting on the lives of people with leprosy. In another first for the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the National Conference on Dec 11thand said that the discrimination against leprosy sufferers should end and committed her government ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Crystal Orderson Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Multimedia TerraViva United Nations Video Source Type: news

2019 – A Devastating Year in Review
The glaciers of the Andes Mountains are threatened by global warming. Credit: Julieta Sokolowicz/IPSBy Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Dec 16 2019 (IPS) By any measure this has been a devastating year: fires across the Amazon, the Arctic and beyond; floods and drought in Africa; rising temperatures, carbon emissions and sea levels; accelerating loss of species, and mass forced migrations of people. As seen through the eyes of IPS reporters and contributors around the world, 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate crisis shook us all, and hopefully also for the fight back manifested in the spread of mass protests and civ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Active Citizens Biodiversity Civil Society Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Re Source Type: news

Research Nonprofit Shutters TB Vaccine Effort and Lays Off Scientists
A financially troubled Seattle research institute cut back programs, leaving researchers to find new homes for work on infectious diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Infectious Disease Research Institute Vaccination and Immunization Tuberculosis Nonprofit Organizations Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Leprosy (Hansen ' s Disease) Leishmaniasis Layoffs and Job Reductions Seattle (Wash) your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

A Research Nonprofit Shutters TB Vaccine Effort and Lays Off Scientists
A financially troubled Seattle research institute cut back programs, leaving researchers to find new homes for work on infectious diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Infectious Disease Research Institute Vaccination and Immunization Tuberculosis Philanthropy Nonprofit Organizations Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Leprosy (Hansen ' s Disease) Leishmaniasis Layoffs and Job Reductions Seattle (Wash) your- Source Type: news

AUDIO: If We Are to Achieve Zero-leprosy by 2030, This Is the Best Time and Opportunity
By Stella PaulDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 13 2019 (IPS) Dr Rahat Chawdhury is the Deputy Program Manager at the National Leprosy Program of Bangladesh. His is the umbrella organization of hundreds of doctors, technical experts, counsellors, strategists, health advocates, field workers and thousands of leprosy-affected people as the beneficiaries. In Dhaka, the past two days, Chowdhury has been busy organizing and coordinating the National Congress on Leprosy. The 2-day event included a high-level segment which was attended by the Prime Minister of the country, Sheikh Hasina and a gathering of all the leprosy-people’s org...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Multimedia TerraViva United Nations Video National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

AUDIO: “ We Cannot Achieve Zero-Leprosy by 2030 Without a Vaccine ” – WHO Team Leader
By Stella PaulDHAKA, Dec 13 2019 (IPS) Dr Erwin Cooreman is the Team Leader of WHO’s Global Leprosy Programme. This week, he is in Dhaka to attend the National Conference on Leprosy, which was inaugurated by the prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. In her speech, she reiterated her commitment to make the country Zero-Leprosy by 2030. On the sidelines of the conference, IPS interviewed Cooreman to ask him his reaction to the Bangla prime minister’s commitment and the countries which are showing promise to achieve the Zero-Leprosy target by 2030. IPS also asked Cooreman about the need for a ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Multimedia Podcast Video National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh
Feroza Begum, Leprosy activist. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPSBy Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 2019 (IPS) When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the deep-seated prejudice in her society that the disease is a curse from Allah (God). “ I was affected with leprosy disease, nobody accepted me (in the past). They had made me isolated. I cannot forget the plight I suffered at that time. Even my family was broken as I was left by my husband,” she told IPS. The 35-year old says she was ostracized and made to feel like a lesser per...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Fighting for a Leprosy-Free World
By Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Dec 12 2019 (IPS) The Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa is passionate about ensuring the world does not forget Leprosy and reminding us of the discrimination that people living with Leprosy still face. Sasakawa who is also a WHO Goodwill Ambassador is in Bangladesh where his Foundation held the first-ever meeting of organizations working in the leprosy field. Mr Sasakawa, speaking through a translator spoke to IPS’s Crystal Orderson on why he believes Leprosy is such an important health issue that should never be forgotten or ignored.   &n...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Crystal Orderson Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Multimedia TerraViva United Nations Video National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Sasakawa Vows to Continue Support for Fighting Leprosy in Bangladesh
Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation in Japan Yohey Sasakawa speaking at the Conference of Organizations of Persons Affected by Leprosy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPSBy Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 2019 (IPS) Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, has assured Bangladesh of continuing support for the Zero Leprosy Initiative announced by the country’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, aimed at eliminating leprosy by 2030. Sasakawa was speaking at the opening of the first ever meeting of organizations working on leprosy in ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Taking Bangladesh to Zero-Leprosy, One New Case at a Time
Sandhya Mandal - a community health worker working on leprosy in Meherpur district of Bangladesh. Credit: Stella Paul / IPSBy Stella PaulDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 (IPS) Sandhya Mandal has never felt so vindicated. For the past four years, the 36-year-old community health worker from Meherpur – a rural district bordering India – has been traveling 50 km every day along dusty roads on an old motorbike, searching for leprosy patients who needed urgent treatment. But in her community, instead of compliments, neighbours and relatives raised questions about her work and her character. “They ask why I come ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Nippon Foundation Announces US$ 2m Support for the Education of Rohingya Children in Bangladesh
Chairman of The Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa and BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh announcing $2 million partnership. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPSBy Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 (IPS) In the light of limited access to education for displaced Rohingya children, the Nippon Foundation has announced US$ 2 million support to BRAC to launch a project to ensure educational facilities to both Rohingya and local community children. The Nippon Foundation made the announcement at a press conference at the BRAC Centre in Dhaka, which was attended by Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa and BRAC Executive Direc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Education Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Bangladesh Can Be Leprosy-Free by 2030 Says Leprosy Activist
By Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 (IPS) Despite its efforts to eliminate leprosy as a public health threat, Bangladesh’s leprosy burden ranks fourth-highest in the world. Four thousand new cases are detected annually – an average of 11 to 12 cases per day over the last 10 years. Leprosy issues have taken centre stage at the National Conference 2019 on Zero Leprosy Initiatives by 2030 in Dhaka Bangladesh. The country’s National Leprosy Programme, in collaboration with the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation in Japan believes its key that every person with leprosy has access to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Crystal Orderson Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Conferences Headlines Health Multimedia Podcast TerraViva United Nations National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Bangladesh Can Be Leprosy-Free Before 2030 Prime Minister Tells National Zero Leprosy Conference
Mr Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation and WHO Goodwill ambassador. Credit : Crystal Orderson / IPSBy Rafiqul Islam and Crystal OrdersonDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 11 2019 (IPS) Leprosy is not a curse but should be detected and treated early, Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has told delegates at a gathering in her country’s capital to discuss the elimination of the disease. “In the past, it was thought that leprosy was a curse. But it was not a curse at all. The disease is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium Leprae). We should fight it through research,” H...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam and Crystal Orderson Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Building a Leprosy Free Bangladesh
The post Building a Leprosy Free Bangladesh appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rafiqul Islam Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health National Leprosy Conference - Dhaka 2019 Source Type: news

Used for thousands of years in TCM, Psoralea corylifolia treats a variety of diseases from heart disease to cancer
(Natural News) Psoralea corylifolia or babchi is a medicinal herb that is popular among traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda practitioners. It is used to treat various skin diseases, including rashes, psoriasis, leprosy, and leucoderma – a condition that causes the appearance of white patches due to loss of melanin. However, several studies have reported that P. corylifolia has other clinical applications, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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Calls for Reform, Research and Reorganisation in Leprosy Healthcare
The 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC) is being held Sept. 10 to 13 in Manila, Philippines. The conference is hosted every three years and was last held in China in 2016. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 12 2019 (IPS) Rachna Kumari of Munger in Eastern India’s Bihar state is not yet 30. But she’s already been married at 18, abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with leprosy and become an award-winning advocate of the disease. She has traversed a long road. And this week she undertook another step in her journey to fly to Manila, Philippines, as a delegate at the 20th Internati...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease Ni Source Type: news

‘ Conference Emphasises Need for Partnerships to Create a World Without Leprosy ’
Yohei Sasakawa, chair of The Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, delivered a keynote address at the 20th International Leprosy Congress (ILC). Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 11 2019 (IPS) Forty years ago, Yohei Sasakawa saw his father moved to tears after meeting and witnessing the suffering of people affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen’s disease. Not only did the patients have a physical illness, but they also suffered from social exclusion and discrimination. It made the young Sasakawa vow to work for the elimination of le...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Source Type: news

Nothing For Us, Without Us – Hansen ’s Disease-Affected Tell International Gathering
Jennifer Quimno of the Coalition of Leprosy Advocates of the Philippines (CLAP) (centre) is joined by Sri Lanka's Shagana Thiygalingam (L) and Amarasinghe Manjula (R) after Quimno delivered the recommendations presented by the Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease to the International Leprosy Congress in Manila on September 11. Credit: Ben Kritz/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Sep 11 2019 (IPS) Stronger government action to fight stigma and discrimination, more government funding for health and non-health support programmes, and a larger role for people’s organisations in developing policy towards Hansen&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease Hansen's disease N Source Type: news

The Emergence of a Global Voice for Hansen ’s Disease Affected Persons
Her experience and the chance "to help strengthen Colombia, the world, and my family" through participating in the Global Forum of People's Organisations on Hansen's Disease, sponsored by the Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Health Foundation, was like "rising from the ashes" for Lucrecia Vazques from Felehansen Colombia. Vazques' family was hit hard by leprosy, with not only herself, but her son and one-month-old granddaughter being afflicted. Credit: Ben Kritz/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Sep 10 2019 (IPS) The Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease, which was attended by me...
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‘ Join Me on this Journey ’ to Eliminate Leprosy – WHO Ambassador
By Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 10 2019 (IPS) Octogenarian Yohei Sasakawa has travelled to more than 90 countries across the globe; from areas of conflict, to the jungles of Brazil, shaking hands, hugging and washing the feet of Hansen’s disease-affected people. His message is simple: Stop stigmatisation and eliminate the disease. Sasakawa, who has spent more than 40 years working towards elimination of Hansen’s disease, is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chairperson of The Nippon Foundation (TNF). Since 1975, TNF and its sister organisation, the Sasakawa He...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Video Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Ha Source Type: news

Homeless people in the US are 'at risk of LEPROSY'
Dr Marc Siegel, of New York University's Langone Health, fears it is just a 'matter of time' before the bacterial disease strikes. He pointed to Los Angeles County as being particularly at risk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Awareness Should be the Priority in Public Health Efforts against Leprosy
The post Awareness Should be the Priority in Public Health Efforts against Leprosy appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
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Africa: The Business of Social Enterprise
[IPS] Manila -Organisations supporting people affected by Hansen's disease (leprosy) have social rather than capitalist aims, but they need to take a business-minded approach to their work if they wish to be sustainable, experts at a global conference in Manila, Philippines said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 9, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: First Global Forum of Leprosy-Affected People's Organisations Kicks Off in Manila
[IPS] Manila -Being part of a platform where leprosy-affected people from all over the world can freely interact, exchange and share opinions, ideas, experiences and strategies was always something Tasfaye Tadesse dreamt of. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Global Network Key to Strengthening Leprosy Organisations
[IPS] Manila -Organisations of people affected by Hansen's Disease or leprosy agree that a global network of volunteer groups is key to eradicating the disease, but concrete steps need to be taken to move the idea from an often-discussed concept to a reality. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Global Network Key to Strengthening Leprosy Organisations
Participants at the first Global Forum of People’s Organizations on Hansen’s Disease which began on Sept. 7 in Manila, Philippines, play a game to build better connectivity among themselves. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Ben KritzMANILA, Sep 7 2019 (IPS) Organisations of people affected by Hansen’s Disease or leprosy agree that a global network of volunteer groups is key to eradicating the disease, but concrete steps need to be taken to move the idea from an often-discussed concept to a reality. “I don’t think anyone here is not convinced about the importance of a network,” Dr. Arturo Cunana...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ben Kritz Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Regional Categories Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Foundation Yohe Source Type: news

First Global Forum of Leprosy-Affected People ’s Organisations Kicks off in Manila
At the first Global Forum of People’s Organizations on Hansen’s Disease, which begun on Sept. 7 in Manila, Philippines, participants present their ideas on entrepreneurship models to attain sustainability. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Sep 7 2019 (IPS) Being part of a platform where leprosy-affected people from all over the world can freely interact, exchange and share opinions, ideas, experiences and strategies was always something Tasfaye Tadesse dreamt of. So this week, Tadesse packed his bags and travelled for 36 hours from his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to reach the Philippine capital of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Africa Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Sasakawa Health Foundatio Source Type: news

Uniting for Zero Leprosy in Manila
By Sasakawa Health Foundation - The Nippon FoundationMANILA, PHILIPPINES, Sep 7 2019 (IPS-Partners) World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and recipient of the 2019 Order of the Rising Sun as well as the 2018 Gandhi Peace Prize, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, is in the Philippines to call on academics, medical stakeholders and those affected by the disease to unite towards “Zero Leprosy”.  Mr. Sasakawa, chairperson of The Nippon Foundation (TNF) – one of Japan’s largest private organisations – is attending two key global conferences on the disease being h...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sasakawa Health Foundation - The Nippon Foundation Tags: Health Source Type: news

A Global Forum to Encourage Dialogue and Share Solutions
By Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India, Sep 6 2019 (IPS) Professor Takahiro Nanri is the executive director of the Sasakawa Health Foundation, co-organiser of the Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s Disease, which will take place from Sept. 7 to 10 in the Philippines. A 4-day event, the forum will be the first of its kind to bring together grassroot organisations that are of, by and for the people affected by leprosy across the world. On the eve of the forum, IPS correspondent Stella Paul spoke with Nanri who shared in brief the rationale of the event and some of the expected outcomes. The forum, he said...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Video Global Forum of People’s O Source Type: news

Leprosy drug to treat cancer? Doctors hunt for new uses of old medicines
CDRI in Lucknow, scientists recently found that certain leprosy drugs might help treat myeloma, a type of blood cancer. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Health Organisation ’s New Effort Can Help End Neglected Tropical Diseases
In the Solomon Islands, approximately 40 percent of the population of 550,000 could have active Trachoma. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Aug 19 2019 (IPS) Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched global consultations for a new Roadmap on how to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The roadmap would help achieve universal health coverage by 2030, address health emergencies and promote healthier populations. This intervention is unprecedented because it could begin to reverse the neglect and inequities that the 17 main NTDs bring. Many NTDs are debilitating and red...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

The Long Struggle Against the Stigma Surrounding Hansen ’ s Disease
Yohei Sasakawa By Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 16 2019 (IPS) At the age of 80, Yohei Sasakawa continues to travel around the world to promote solutions for some of the challenges facing humanity, such as Hansen’s Disease or leprosy, wars and disabilities, factors of stigma and exclusion. Engaging in dialogue with world leaders and with those affected by Hansen’s Disease, who are generally poor, is his way of mobilising local efforts, with the financial and technical support offered by the 23 organisations that network with the Nippon Foundation, whose board of directors has been chaired by Sasakawa since 2005, afte...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Multimedia Regional Categories Video Hansen's disease leprosy Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

Early Detection is the Solution for Hansen ’ s Disease
Faustino Pinto, national coordinator of the Movement for the Reintegration of People Affected by Hanseniasis (Morhan)By Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 15 2019 (IPS) On Jun. 27, Faustino Pinto was in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spoke to people at the United Nations about the fight against Hansen’s Disease and the stigma surrounding it, at a meeting during the 41st session of the Human Rights Council. Eleven days later, in Brasilia, he discussed the question with President Jair Bolsonaro, when he took part in a meeting along with Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation goodwill amba...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Multimedia Video Hansen's disease leprosy Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

Prejudice and Discrimination, the Uncured Ills of Leprosy
Nippon Foundation President Yohei Sasakawa and Socorro Gross, Pan American Health Organisation representative in Brazil, hold a press conference in Brasilia at the end of a 10-day visit to this country by the Japanese activist who is also World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) “The ambulance team refused to take my sick friend to the hospital because he had had Hanseniasis years before,” said Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, at one of the meetings held during his Jul. 1-10 visit to Brazil. His fri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Editors' Choice Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

A Lifelong Battle Against the “ Disease of Silence ”
Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, is interviewed by IPS in the Brazilian capital, where he concluded a tour of the country aimed at promoting the elimination of Hansen's Disease, better known as leprosy, and also the stigma that make it the "disease of silence.” Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 10 2019 (IPS) Yohei Sasakawa has dedicated half of his 80 years of life to combating the “disease of silence” and is still fighting the battle, as president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation (WHO) goodwill ambassador for elimination of leprosy, formally ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tuberculosis - Nigeria Has 'Sixth Highest Burden Globally'
[Premium Times] Nigeria has the highest TB burden in Africa and ranks at number six in the world, the Deputy Director, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), Ahmad Muhammad, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news