Leprosy is a major health problem in Myanmar. In 2003, Myanmar achieved the World Health Organization’s (WHO) target of eliminating leprosy as a public health issue, which meant it recorded less than one case in every 10,000 people. Nevertheless, it reports nearly 3000 new cases every year.
Myanmar ratified CRPD on December 7, 2011 and its Country Report has been due since January 7, 2014.
In 2013 the Government of Myanmar signed the Bangkok Declaration for a Leprosy-Free World along with 16 other governments, the core goal of which is to reduce “the occurrence of new cases with visible deformity to less than one case per million by the year 2020”. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are needed to prevent disability.
Like any other high prevalent country of Leprosy, people affected by Leprosy in Myanmar are victims of stigma and discrimination which has been worsened due to the political instability of the nation. Due to limited support for rehabilitation and cure for Leprosy patients from the government and political unrest the leprosy colonies are often found alienated and isolated from rest of the community.
The Leprosy Mission is the biggest organization working for Leprosy in Myanmar aiming to strengthen the capacity of leprosy and disability services and to implement and support community-based rehabilitation for leprosy- and disability-affected people through a network of Disability Resource Centres (DRCs).
The Leprosy Mission-Myanmar
Dr Zaw Moe Aung
Address: No. 12/K, Pyi Thu Lane,
7th Mile, Mayangone Township,
Phone: +95-1-666851, +95-1-1222368
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