100&Change: 2020

End Child Leprosy by 2030: Break Transmission and Eliminate Stigma

Our breakthrough approach in 8 high-endemic countries reduces new cases 50% by 2025, targeting the end of child leprosy by 2030 and, subsequently, all transmission

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Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location
  • Lindi Region, Tanzania
  • Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Sudur Pashchimanchal, Nepal
  • Provinsi Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
  • Union Territory of Dādra and Nagar Haveli, India
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Manica Province, Mozambique
  • Barisal Division, Bangladesh
  • Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader, Ethiopia
  • Delta State, Nigeria
Priority Populations:
  • Children and youth
  • People with disabilities
  • People with diseases and illnesses
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 10. Reduced inequalities
  • 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • 17. Partnerships for the goals

Executive Summary:

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.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Task Force for Global Health

website: http://www.taskforce.org
Organization Headquarters
Decatur County, Georgia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
100 to 299

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