Korean Lepr Bull.  2006 Dec;39(2):37-50.

The Recent National Hansen Programme in Some Countries

  • 1Institute for Leprosy Research, Korean Hansen Welfare Association, Korea. dr_jpkim@hotmail.com


Prevalence of Hansen's disease is reduced about 90% all over the world 20 years by the active efforts of World Health Organization and every country government. As a result, Hansen's disease remains as the public-health problem in only 10 countries after 2003. Recently, patients ware converged in 5 countries such as India, Brazil, Mozambique, Nepal, Madagascar, prevalence of these country 83% of all patients in the world, 88% of new patients of the world. Recently the general society-interests about Hansen's disease are fallen because of the reducing the importance in the public health service and the decreasing of the occurrence of the new patients of Hansen's disease. And the special workers about Hansen's disease and the supports from the government and international organization were reduced. So many workers are worried about the reducing of the quality of Hansen programme, delayed diagnosis and possibility of disability. And Hansen's disease is not actually the main concerns of public-health problem all over the world, but recently the Hansen's disease is known as the major cause of neuropathy and blindness among the infectious disease. For the use of the references of decisionmaking of the national Hansen programme I have reviewed and compared the national Hansen programme in some countries.


Leprosy; national Hansen programme
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