• Vol. 37 No. 1, 1–2
  • 15 January 2008

Treatment Gets Better, but Leprosy Remains a Global Problem


Rising standards of living and the provision of effective medical treatment have resulted in good control of leprosy in many parts of the world, but WHO-led efforts for the global elimination of leprosy by 2000 did not succeed. In several countries, however, ambitious and ill-advised attempts to meet the elimination goals led to changes in policies and case reporting methods, prompting premature claims of victory.

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