Left untreated, leprosy begins with discolored numb patches on the skin and eventually leaves people permanently disabled. Globally, the scourge of leprosy has largely subsided, but India still picks up over 100,000 new cases every year. Eliminating the disease means much…

Leprosy post-exposure prophylaxis, the first major innovation treatment against the disease since multidrug therapy, can prevent cases in those who come into close contact with leprosy patients, Devex reports.  

Until 2016, Kenyans suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who were unable to finish prescribed courses of treatment—which often involve arduous daily treks to health facilities and could last for 20 months with debilitating physical side-effects—could be subject…

The mutual reinforcement of violent conflict and neglected diseases stands to undermine progress toward the goals laid out by the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, found researchers who quantified these overlapping health determinants. 

I recently met Ankitkumar, an 8-year-old schoolboy from Bihar, India, who 3 years ago developed discoloration on his skin, which was mildly anesthetic. Little known to the medical staff who initially treated him, these were the first symptoms of leprosy.

Leprosy can be easily cured with freely available multidrug therapy—if caught early. Therein lies the difficulty: there is no simple test in the early phases, when symptoms are subtle and easily missed. "Diagnosis is made with a feather or a pencil run across the skin, and…

Half of all leprosy cases are falling below the radar—meaning that millions of people are missing out on diagnosis and treatment, according to a PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases study.  

Counseling sessions that provided leprosy patients and their families with information about the disease and their human rights helped reduce stigma in Cirebon District, Indonesia, a newly published study found.   Researchers spent 2 years offering various forms of therapy…

The world reports about 200,000 new leprosy cases, mostly in India and Brazil … but the disease, thought long-eradicated from Europe, has popped up in a surprising spot: British red squirrels.   Researchers led by Stewart Cole of the Global Health Institute at the Swiss…

Most of the world’s neglected tropical diseases, including dengue, leishmaniasis, leprosy, Chagas disease, and parasitic worm infections, can be found in some of the world’s wealthiest countries, as well as Nigeria, according to a new report that examines “blue marble…