Two retreats on leprosy organized by Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation in Gotemba, Japan, in 2015 and New Delhi, India, in 2018 examined the role and prospects for people’s organizations in a changing leprosy landscape. The learnings from these two retreats have now been published in booklet form and are available from the foundation.
New Horizons of Leprosy: Sustainability of Leprosy Services—Wider Involvement of Persons Affected, and New Actors addresses ways of strengthening the participation of persons affected by leprosy in leprosy services and on building partnerships with other individuals and organizations, including those from the non-leprosy sector.
Sustainable People-Centered Partnership covers strategies for increasing the sustainability of people’s organizations and strengthening partnerships, and why the active involvement of such organizations is essential to addressing the outstanding challenges that remain as leprosy becomes less prioritized in public health services.
Thirty-five participants from 11 countries took part in the first retreat, and five organizations of persons affected—from India, Brazil, Indonesia, China and the Philippines—attended the second.