Leprosy Mailing List – April 29, 2016
Ref.: (LML) Economics of leprosy control
From: Marco Andrey Cipriani Frade, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
I would like to give my congratulations to Joel Almeida (LML, April 18, 2016) by the nice words about - How can we show and measure the zero disability as our goal?
Additionally, I have some other questions to stimulate reflections about leprosy:
- What are we doing to change properly the leprosy indexes?
- Why are many important and scientific people searching to achieve a prevalence index with no worry about incidence? Even with disability index?
Nowadays, I and other colleagues have the impression that there are more people seating in their offices working to modify the leprosy data bank than working to look for and find new cases outside.
Which is our goal in fact? Protecting people against leprosy and the disabilities or just to reach good indexes to say "there is no leprosy here" and to close leprosy services with no considering that leprosy is a chronic disease having the humans as a perfect reservoir for M. leprae? The professionals are not trained properly at school to recognize early leprosy signs, the society heard more about "there is no leprosy anymore" than about leprosy signs and symptoms. So, our goal should be always training and information, but it isn't good for the majority of governments and politics unfortunately.
Prof. Dr. Marco Andrey Cipriani Frade - Professor Associado (Livre Docente)
Coordenador da Divisão de Dermatologia // Atual Presidente Soc. Brasileira Hansenologia (2015/17)
Coordenador Residência Médica de Dermatologia HCFMRP-USP
Coordenador Centro de Referência em Dermatologia Sanitária - Hanseníase - HCFMRP-USP
Divisão de Dermatologia - Departamento de Clínica Médica
Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto - Universidade de São Paulo
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