Complete elimination of leprosy still elusiveBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7282.318/e (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:318
- Rohit Sharma
The first meeting of the Global Alliance for Elimination of Leprosy (GAEL), held in New Delhi last week, called for a “final push” to eliminate leprosy from countries where it is endemic by 2005.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had hoped to eliminate the disease—that is, to reduce it to less than 1 case per 10 000 population—by the year 2000. But the rate was still hovering at around 1.25 globally in January 2000.
Some experts at the meeting thought that it would be impossible to reduce it to less than 1 per 10 000 in certain areas where it was endemic, even though countries might be able …