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WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter For The Elimination Of Leprosy

NEWS: Keeping Tabs on Drug Resistance

Recent workshop underscores need for continuing surveillance.

A WHO Workshop of Sentinel Surveillance for Drug Resistance in Leprosy was held in Paris on October 26-27. The workshop, which was attended by approximately 40 participants including program managers and focal persons for surveillance from sentinel sites from endemic countries, agreed that continuing surveillance of drug resistance remained a relevant and vital initiative for the future.

A Sentinel Surveillance Network established by the WHO's Global Leprosy Programme (GLP) is currently operating in eight countries: Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and Viet Nam. Reference laboratories from Brazil, France, Japan, Korea, India, Switzerland and USA are collaborating with WHO and providing free testing services in support of the initiative.


Father Damien: 'A Bit of Taro, A Piece of Fish, and A Glass of Water' is a biography of Father Damien based on the accounts of people he lived and worked amongst at Kaluapapa in Hawaii. Published by the IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity, the book came out in time for Father Damien's canonization in Rome earlier this year.

"With the recent canonization of Father Damien, we felt that it was important to include the voices of the people who knew him best and worked alongside him -- those who had been sent to Kalaupapa because they had leprosy," says Anwei Skinsnes Law, who coauthored the book with husband Henry. "Most of the interviews in this book were done more than 70 years ago, yet they have not been included in previous histories/biographies. Thus, those who had leprosy, most of whom were Native Hawaiians, have been largely left out of previous accounts of Father Damien."