To Improve Global Health Security, We Must Not Abandon Tackling Existing Epidemics
Over 600 million people in Africa require treatment for an NTD, making up 35% of the global burden. Credit: Uniting to Combat NTDsBy Thoko Elphick-PooleyHOVE, United Kingdom, Jun 11 2021 (IPS) As world leaders come together in the UK for the G7, the global response to COVID-19 and how we can build a better defence system against infection is at the forefront of discussions.  Whilst we applaud the incredible global efforts in tackling COVID-19 and support calls for vaccines to be shared equitably across the world, we also urge G7 leaders not to abandon efforts to tackle existing epidemics such as neglected tropical dis...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thoko Elphick Pooley Tags: Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Source Type: news

Leprosy Must Not Be Forgotten amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
A 14th century painting depicts two leprosy patients denied entrance to town. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsBy Yohei SasakawaMay 31 2021 (IPS-Partners) The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place from May 24 to June 1. This year’s gathering is likely to be dominated by Covid-19, but here I want to talk about a different disease—leprosy—and a resolution that was adopted at the WHA exactly 30 years ago. This resolution called for the elimination of leprosy as a public health problem at the global level by the year 2000, with elimination defined as a prevalence rate of less than 1 case per 10,000 population...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yohei Sasakawa Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pathological aspects of leprosy
(Bentham Science Publishers) This book offers the readers a background on leprosy-related histopathology that can improve their understanding of this disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Covid-19 Brings Fresh Challenges to Nigeria's Leprosy-Affected
[IPS] Lagos -- People affected by leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, are often stigmatised. In countries like Nigeria, many of them end up as beggars due to the psycho- and socio-economic problems they face. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fresh challenges for them and life is getting increasingly difficult. Sam Olukoya in Lagos takes a look at how people affected by leprosy in Nigeria are faring in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Brings Fresh Challenges to Nigeria ’ s Leprosy-affected
By Sam OlukoyaLAGOS, Nigeria, May 12 2021 (IPS) People affected by leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, are often stigmatised. In countries like Nigeria, many of them end up as beggars due to the psycho- and socio-economic problems they face. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fresh challenges for them and life is getting increasingly difficult. Sam Olukoya in Lagos takes a look at how people affected by leprosy in Nigeria are faring in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.     SCRIPT SONG: NARRATION: In Nigeria, many people affected by leprosy survive as beggars. They usually sing songs like this as they...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sam Olukoya Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Multimedia Podcast Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Hansen's disease Nigeria Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tuberculosis Kills 18 Nigerians Every Hour - WHO Report
[Daily Trust] National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Director in the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Itohowo Uko, said Tuberculosis kills 18 Nigerians every hour. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Covid-19 Worsens TB Cases in Nigeria - Director
[Vanguard] Mrs Uko Itohowo, the Director, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, says COVID-19 has worsened Tuberculosis (TB) cases in Nigeria as about 60 per cent of patients go unnoticed and untreated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Union govt reviews progress under National Health Mission
The NHM targets include reducing MMR to 1/1,000 live births, reducing IMR to 25/1,000 live births, reducing TFR to 2.1, bringing down prevalence of leprosy to less than 1 /10,000 population and incidence to zero in all districts. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Leprosy drug holds promise as at-home treatment for COVID-19
A Nature study authored by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the University of Hong Kong shows that the leprosy drug clofazimine, which is FDA approved and on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, exhibits potent antiviral activities against SARS-CoV-2 and prevents the exaggerated inflammatory response associated with severe COVID-19. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Leprosy drug holds promise as at-home treatment for COVID-19
(Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) ANature study shows that the leprosy drug clofazimine, which is FDA approved and on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, exhibits potent antiviral activities against SARS-CoV-2 and prevents the exaggerated inflammatory response associated with severe COVID-19. Based on these findings, a Phase 2 study evaluating clofazimine as an at-home treatment for COVID-19 could begin immediately. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Disease tolerance: Skeletons reveal humans evolved to fight pathogens
(Flinders University) As Covid-19 impacts lives around the world- a new skeleton study is reconstructing ancient pandemics to assess human's evolutionary ability to fight off leprosy, tuberculosis and treponematoses with help from declining rates of transmission when the germs became widespread. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Leprosy Gradually On the Increase in Namibia
[Namibian] Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is perceived as a forgotten or biblical illness, yet new cases continue to pop up in Namibia annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 10, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hopes of fresh momentum in fight against leprosy, but stigmatization persists
Progress is being made in the fight against leprosy, but millions are still affected by the disease, and many sufferers have to contend with social exclusion. On World Leprosy Day, marked annually on 31 January, experts are calling for an end to ongoing discrimination and stigmatization. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How COVID-19 Adds to the Challenges of Leprosy-affected People
Participants from organisations focused on assisting Hansen’s disease-affected people from Asia, Latin America and Africa with World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, Yohei Sasakawa (centre pink shirt) pictured in 2019. Participants were attending the Global Forum of People’s Organisations on Hansen’s disease in Manila, Philippines, which was sponsored by the Sasakawa Health Foundation and The Nippon Foundation. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella PaulHYDERABAD, Jan 29 2021 (IPS) Lilibeth Evarestus of Lagos, Nigeria doesn’t like the concept of handouts — she ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Sasakawa Health Foundation World Leprosy Day Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

2020: A Yet More Devastating Year Closes With At Least Some Signs Of Hope
UN Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the media on the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: UN Photo/Mark GartenBy Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Dec 23 2020 (IPS) Despite its grim record of multiple natural disasters and a deepening climate crisis, one could be forgiven for looking back on 2019 with a degree of nostalgia. There is no disguising the extent of the calamity wrought this year by COVID-19, yet as we approach the end of 2020 we may also draw strength from positive developments emerging. No review of 2020, as seen through the eyes of IPS reporters and contributors around the world, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migratio Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Binga Healthcare Workers Trained to Detect and Treat Leprosy
[WHO] By Tatenda Chimbwanda (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Study Highlights Tanzania's Push for Leprosy Elimination
[Daily News] THE declining national trends in the incidence and prevalence of leprosy in Tanzania, coupled with an improved data management system have enabled the country to participate in an international multicenter study, whose findings have renewed hopes of eliminating the bacterial disease nationally and globally. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Italy's olive oil production drops by a quarter as 'tree leprosy' takes toll
Italy’s southern orchards have been affected by hailstorms, drought and the Xylella bacteria (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: About Three in Four TB Patients Yet to Access Care - Official
[Premium Times] The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), has said at least three out of four persons afflicted with tuberculosis are yet to access health care in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: About Three in Four TB Sufferers Yet to Access Care - Official
[Premium Times] The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), has said at least three out of four persons afflicted with tuberculosis are yet to access health care in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - October 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Leprosy-associated genetics
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - September 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Zahn, L. M. Tags: twil Source Type: news

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...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Health Source Type: news

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...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 18, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

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...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Tags: Europe Agriculture Farming Trees and forests Environment Science Italy Spain France Source Type: news

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)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news