News from the Trustees

All our readers are aware that Leprosy is curable. But did you know work is being done to prevent the spread of leprosy within a population?

We were pleased to hear that in October Dr. NJacko, who works closely with our Chairman Burchard Rwamtoga and the Tanzania National TB and Leprosy Programme, was a delegate at an International conference looking at ways to implement PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxsis).

PEP is where antibiotics are given to close family and neighbours of a person newly diagnosed with leprosy with the aim that this will prevent the spread of leprosy in the community.

More research is needed, but it’s an exciting step forward in the field of leprosy elimination.

More information can be found on the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy website.