A new start to fight leprosy

Tanya Wood, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations’ new CEO. Photo by: ILEP

How can a federation that has been around for decades shine a renewed spotlight on a highly curable but much neglected disease?

That is the challenge the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations, or ILEP, is facing. While there is no lack of awareness of leprosy — an infectious but curable disease that has been around for thousands of years — most people believe it has already been eradicated. In fact, more than 200,000 new cases are registered each year, with about 130,000 coming from India alone.

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    Daphne Davies

    Daphne Davies is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant with more than 30 years' experience in international development. She has worked with the U.N., the European Union, national governments and global civil society organizations, including Amnesty, WWF and LDC Watch. Her expertise is in monitoring government policies in relation to international cooperation. Her interests are in sustainability, social and economic matters, women and least developed countries.