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Web links to key WHO Global Leprosy documents

Leprosy Mailing List – February 3rd, 2010

Ref.: Web links to key WHO Global Leprosy documents

From: Doug Soutar, London , UK

Dear Dr Noto,

I would be grateful if you would be prepared to post this message to the LML concerning the improved access to key WHO leprosy documents via the SEARO / Global Leprosy Programme website.

Many thanks,

Doug Soutar

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years I have regularly heard people complain that it is difficult to find the most up-to-date WHO Leprosy Strategy documents on the WHO Website. Many have told me they prefer to use the ILEP website http://www.ilep.org.uk/library-resources/who-publications/ to find the most recent WHO materials on leprosy. Certainly the leprosy section of the WHO International website (updated in Geneva ) contains material that is now very out of date. The most prominent materials one finds there still refer to the “Final Push Strategy” and Forums and Guides linked to the earlier Elimination campaigns of 5-10 years ago.

The WHO Global Leprosy Programme is of course situated within the WHO’s South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) in India under the Regional Director Dr Samlee Plianbangchang. ILEP therefore welcomes the news that the SEARO website has recently given more profile to the Global Leprosy Programme’s home page within the SEARO website. The link given below takes the reader more directly to the recently adopted WHO Enhanced Global Strategy and Operational Guidelines, the most recent epidemiological data, and all the latest Technical Reports on leprosy.


In New Delhi in April 2009 over 40 National Leprosy Control Programme Managers, WHO Regional Offices and International NGOs adopted the Enhanced Global Strategy for Further Reducing the Disease Burden due to Leprosy 2011-2015. As they prepare for the implementation of this Enhanced Global Strategy, it is vital that all these up-to-date technical documents and strategies are accessible and readily available for reference.

With best regards,

Douglas Soutar

Douglas Soutar
General Secretary
International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations
Tel: 44 (0) 207 602 69 25 – Fax: 44 (0) 207 371 16 21 – Website: www.ilep.org.uk
E-mail: doug.soutar

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