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The past three decades have witnessed some impressive advances in leprosy control. However, challenges remain- continued delay in detecting new cases, persisting discrimination against people affected by leprosy and limited impact on transmission of leprosy infection.
The current leprosy situation is defined basing on annual leprosy statistics received from 121 countries from five WHO regions.  The data compilation and analysis shows the following:

a. 213 899 New cases reported in 2014-15 (3.78/100 000 population)
b. 94% of leprosy in 13 countries reporting more than 1000 cases
c. 175 554patients are on MDT (3.1 per 100,000 population)
d. 14 110 new cases were detected with grade 2 disabilities (G 2 D)
e. 18 869 new cases are children (8.8%)
f. 61% Multi bacillary (MB) cases
g. 36% cases are females
h. Treatment completion rates from 75 countries in the range of  55% - 100%
i. 1312 relapse cases were reported

Leprosy disease is still real in South Sudan. Few NGOs and Faith Based Organizations are still struggling to eliminate leprosy in the country.
Due to lack of skilled human resource, low leprosy integration in Primary Health Care and challenge of funding, implementers found out difficulties to reach unreachable people in their communities for health education, screening etc.

Achievement 2015

  • 338 of new leprosy cases detected and put on MDT
  • 71of MCR shoes distributed