[QODLink]
The Cure

Leprosy Elimination

Eradicating leprosy in Cambodia through a new zero transmission strategy.

Last updated: 11 Jun 2014 12:32
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Over the last 20 years, more than 14 million people have been cured of leprosy and the number of new cases has fallen dramatically. However, the battle against this chronic infectious disease is not over and the condition still affects thousands of people around the world.

In Cambodia, where hundreds of new cases of leprosy are detected each year, a new strategy called contract tracing has been introduced to halt transmission.

Contact tracing works by tracking down people who have been in touch with newly diagnosed leprosy patients and examining them for early signs of leprosy.  Once diagnosed they are offered free treatment.

Join Dr Louise Pealing in Cambodia to see how the initiative is helping to wipe out the chronic infection once and for all. 

 

Watch  The Cure  on Tuesday: 0930; Wednesday: 0330; Thursday: 1630; Friday: 1930; Saturday: 1430; Sunday: 0430; Monday: 0830 GMT. 

Join the conversation on  Facebook  and on  Twitter

196

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list