Leprosy has plagued humankind for over 2,000 years, causing suffering and stigma for the world’s poorest and most marginalized. More than 210,000 new cases (16,000+ in children) are reported annually. Over 3 million people live with disabilities due to delayed treatment. Leprosy is treatable but, until now, not preventable. With a bold new approach — tracing the contacts of diagnosed persons and giving preventive antibiotics (PEP) — we can, for the first time, prevent leprosy. We’ll do what was previously unthinkable: break the chain of leprosy transmission once and for all. Working with the 8 countries that have 90% of the world’s cases, we’ll measurably reduce stigma, (a barrier to early diagnosis), through peer networks. We’ll scale up PEP to treat 23 million individuals. We’ll reduce the number of people who develop leprosy by 50% in five years, targeting the end of child leprosy by 2030 and, subsequently, all transmission.
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