A world without leprosy.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III thus declared that the health sector’s dream of a world without leprosy is making headway as the target year 2020 nears during the opening ceremonies of the recent 20th International Leprosy Congress.
The International Leprosy Congress (ILC) has been conducted every 3-5 years for over 100 years, beginning with a meeting in Berlin in 1897. Organized by the International Leprosy Association since its establishment in 1931, these meetings have consistently brought together leading experts in leprosy work, scientists and researchers in various aspects of the disease, persons affected by leprosy (PALs), advocacy groups, charitable organizations which support leprosy work, and representatives of Ministries of Health throughout the world.
“The ILC has been hard at work for many years, to realize our ultimate dream of a world without leprosy,” the health chief said. Throughout the years, the course of the Department of Health’s (DOH) response to leprosy has transformed from isolation, segregation and quarantine approaches, to inclusive client-centered, community-based approaches.