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HPP-Congo joined the DRC and the International Community to celebrate World Leprosy Day on January 25, 26 and 27, 2019 as is the tradition of the last weekend of January each year.

As a scourge of yesterday and today, leprosy affects more than 200,000 people every year worldwide. About 4 million former cured patients also have to live with disabling sequelae left by the disease.

According to 2016 WHO statistics, the Democratic Republic of Congo with its 3,673 cases is ranked as the first African country with a high rate of leprosy and the fourth step in the world after India, Brazil and Nepal.

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Considerable efforts are being done by the Ministry of Health of the DRC through the National Program for the Elimination of Leprosy-PNEL against this disease. The PNEL is determined to eradicate this scourge through:

- The search for leprosy cases wherever they are.
- Early detection and treatment of patients to stop transmission.
- Activities to sensitize medical staff and the national community on leprosy are also carried out.

Leprosy or Hansen's disease is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae (a bacterium close to the causative agent of tuberculosis identified by the Norwegian Gerhard Armauer Hansen in 1873 affecting the peripheral nerves, skin and mucous membranes, and causing It is endemic in some tropical countries (particularly in Asia).

Note, however, that leprosy is a disease that is not contagious and treatable by antibiotics. Public health efforts are made for the prevention and prosthetic equipment of cured subjects.

Let us mobilize our minds and hearts to reach out to those people without hands.

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